What do a highly skilled workforce, higher wages, decreased income inequality, stronger family-friendly communities and increased public safety have in common? All are associated with the presence of strong educational institutions.
Maryland’s education system—from preschool to Ph.D. programs, both public and private—plays an important role in preserving the State’s high quality of life.
Recognizing the importance of fostering excellence in education in Maryland, Governor Martin O’Malley has continued to invest in programs that support teachers, students, job training and academic research.
For example, despite overall budget cuts, the FY 2015 budget includes a record $6.05 billion in K-12 education, $4.3 million in pre-kindergarten opportunities and $275 million in school construction. The budget also includes an initiative to cap or freeze tuition increases at a number of public universities.
During the most recent legislative session, Governor O’Malley approved expanded pre-kindergarten services to 1,600 more children across Maryland and laid the groundwork for further expansion. In addition, the State invested $1.4 million for the Early College Innovation Fund to help create and expand early college access programs and $3.5 million for the Digital Learning Innovation Fund to help accelerate digital learning.