K-12 Education

Before Governor Hogan took office, Maryland’s public schools were ranked first in the country for five years running. Now, under his leadership, we’ve slipped to sixth. As governor, I will reverse this trend by making sure we raise teacher pay by 29%, fund full-day universal Pre-K by legalizing and taxing marijuana for adult use, and force Annapolis to finally keep its promise to use all of the casino and lottery revenue to increase education spending, not replace money they’ve shifted to other priorities.

In one generation, my family went from living in Baltimore’s McCulloh Homes Projects to sending me off to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. My story is an example of what’s possible when hard work is enough to succeed. Today, there are too many barriers that prevent families from being able to give more to their children than they received themselves. I’m running for governor because hard work should be enough for everyone to succeed. But it begins with a good education from pre-K through college or trade school, which is why I’ve released my plan Ending the Crisis of Opportunity: A Plan To Better Educate Maryland’s Children.

I’ve been endorsed by the 74,000 educators represented by the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) because I’m committed to fully funding our schools and making sure every Marylander is prepared for a career.

As governor, I will:

  • Work with Annapolis to make sure it follows through on its promise to use casino and lottery funds to enhance public education, not replace funds they’ve shifted to other priorities.
  • Build the political will and courage to fully implement—and if necessary, strengthen—the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission by passing a fair funding formula in the 2019 General Assembly session.
  • Raise teacher pay by 29% to be more competitive with surrounding states, and end the era of educators earning less than a living wage.
  • Provide the funding necessary for full-day, universal pre-K by taxing and regulating marijuana for adult use.
  • Prioritize funding for Maryland’s most impoverished districts and fight concentrated poverty through community schools.
  • Convene subject matter experts to better support special education educators so that every special education student’s unique plan for academic success is met.
  • Work with key stakeholders like MSEA to increase staffing levels for social workers and school psychologists to identify mental health issues at their earliest stages.