Education Blueprint promise fulfilled. So, what’s next?

June 27, 2022

When we passed the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, and then overrode Governor Hogan’s veto, we created a once in a lifetime opportunity to take public education in Maryland to the next level. With billions in new funding, opportunities for both college and career readiness, and unprecedented transparency and accountability, we were able to make it happen.

And when Governor Hogan and other opponents of the Blueprint falsely stated that we would have to raise taxes to implement it, we not only fully funded it, but did it in a year when we also passed the largest tax cut in Maryland history.

But now that the Blueprint is a reality, what comes next? With your support for my re-election, I will work to make sure…

First, let’s make sure it’s implemented properly

…the Blueprint is implemented properly and fully. That means not just the funding, but the accountability too.

The goal of the Blueprint is simply – to make sure every child in Maryland received a world class education regardless of zip code or economic status. Period.

A World Class Education Requires World Class Facilities

As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I have worked tirelessly to make sure that Montgomery County gets the funds it needs to build or rebuild our schools to best serve our kids.

As a result of my efforts, District 39 has seen a new, state-of-the-art Gaithersburg High School and Seneca Valley High School, a brand new Hallie Wells Middle School, and others.

However, there are still schools in District 39 that are overcrowded and others that need a completely new facility. It is unconscionable that the students of South Lake Elementary, for example, continue to have to go to school in an old and broken down school, with leaky ceilings and broken heating and A/C.

I have worked to get schools like South Lake moved up the priority list, and I will fight to guarantee that this situation is resolved.

Don’t Forget Our Kids Mental Health

COVID revealed and exacerbated a problem that was always there, a lack of resources to help our kids with their mental health needs.

When re-elected, I will continue to focus on increasing the number of school-based psychologists, social workers, and counselors in schools by making sure their salaries are commensurate with their education, training, and experience, and by working in partnership with the local county school boards and the University System of Maryland to guarantee academic programs that train these professionals are updated and expanded.

Finally, Food and Nutrition

Kids can’t focus on learning if they are hungry. I don’t care how great our facilities and staff are, if the child is hungry, they will not be able to learn.

I’ve worked to expand our school meals program and together we will make sure that no child ever has to incur lunch debt, eat a cold cheese sandwich, or have to prove their poverty on a daily basis so that they can have a meal.

We are the only first world nation that puts its kids through this, and frankly, it is beyond belief.


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