Ben Jealous Statement on Hogan’s Education Funding Announcement

Former National President and CEO of the NAACP Says Hogan’s Plan Is Attempt To Keep Casino Funding Off the Ballot, Minimize Voter Turnout

Silver Spring, MD — TODAY, Wednesday, February 14, Ben Jealous, former national President & CEO of the NAACP, released the following statement in response to Larry Hogan’s proposal to spend $4.4 billion over the next decade on education as well as ensuring casino and lottery funds actually increase education funding.

“Larry Hogan knows he hasn’t adequately funded public schools and now he’s hoping Marylanders will let him off the hook in an election year,” Jealous said. “It’s sad that election year politics does more to motivate this governor than our schools falling in rankings or kids not having heat in their classrooms.”

Jealous also reiterated his support for a constitutional amendment to ensure casino and lottery funds actually increase education funding, instead of replacing funds that have been shifted to other areas.

“We’ve heard these promises before and the only way to ensure Annapolis finally keeps its word on casino and lottery funds is a constitutional amendment.” Jealous said. “The governor’s proposal removes the voices of voters from the process, many of whom he knows are motivated to go to the polls and vote him out of office because of his failure to stand up for our kids and against Donald Trump.”

Since launching his candidacy, Jealous has been the most vocal Democratic candidate for governor calling for additional measures to ensure casino and lottery funds increase education funding. Jealous supports fully funding education and as governor, would use the casino and gaming revenue to help fund the initial years of the Kirwan Commission recommendations, including expanded pre-k, increasing teacher pay and investing more resources into high poverty school districts.

Jealous has announced that he will hold meet and greets on education funding in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County on February 24th.

-end-
For more information or to schedule an interview with Ben Jealous on this topic contact press@benjealous.com