In a recent article for the Huffington Post’s Education Blog, Governor Martin O’Malley wrote about his Administration’s investments in education including a description of education funding over the past several years and in his proposed FY15 budget. He writes,
This year, the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s proposed budget allocates $289 million for school construction. This includes $275 million for public school construction and renovation, $6.1 million for aging schools, and $3.5 million for building improvements at qualified non-public schools.
Investments in education over the past several years have led to several measurable improvements, according to the Governor, including increases in high school graduation rates. A chart in the article shows an over 4% increase in graduation rates from 2009-2013. Next steps, according to the Governor, include expanding access to pre-kindergarten in Maryland.
We are making enormous progress. But there is still work to be done. That’s why this year we are asking the General Assembly to take a step toward universal public pre-kindergarten by expanding access to Maryland’s low-income families. Every child should be given a strong start to their education.