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Students Protest proposed cut to tuition program

March 3rd, 2023 by WCBC Radio

Students from private schools around Maryland protested at the State House Thursday to call on Gov. Wes Moore and state lawmakers not to cut funding to a tuition program.

The BOOST program, Broadening Options & Opportunities for Students Today, started under then-Gov. Larry Hogan's administration, gives students from low-income families scholarships to attend private an religious schools.

WBAL reports that Moore has proposed to cut 20% of the program with plans to eliminate it once the 3,200 students currently enrolled in the program graduate.

Republicans say the money helps low-income students and parents, and represents a small part of what is spent on public schools.

Democrats and teachers union leaders argue the program takes money away from public schools