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Posted on: December 22, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Statement of County Baker Regarding Governor Hogan’s Proposal for Private School Funding

County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III Regarding Governor Hogan’s Proposal to Increase Funding for Private School Voucher Program to $10 Million

Upper Marlboro, MD -Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, released this statement in response to Governor Larry Hogan’s recent announcement that he is proposing an increase in funding to the Private School Voucher Program.

“Governor Hogan’s proposal to spend $10 million on private school vouchers sends the wrong message about Maryland’s commitment to a great public education for every child. Our public schools serve students from every neighborhood, every socioeconomic group, and every race, religion, gender and learning level. Instead of diverting money away from students who need it most, I urge Governor Hogan to reinvest in Maryland’s public schools.

 We know that when public schools have the resources they need, our students succeed. Every student should have access to what works: computer labs, small class sizes, modern facilities, Advanced Placement and art classes, foreign languages, real-world technical skills, and high-quality early education.  I am committed to making sure every child, no matter where they live, receives a great public education. Diverting public funds towards private school vouchers is the wrong approach. Now is the time to increase on our investment in public schools so that every student receives the 21st-century education they deserve.”

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