EDUCATION

As the only candidate for governor who is a product of Maryland public schools from K-12, the daughter of two public school educators, and a mother, improving our public schools is my absolute top priority.

I remember my father using his own salary to pay for classroom supplies that the school could not provide, and I can still recall trailers that doubled as classrooms at my high school. Despite the evident lack of funding, the education I received through Maryland public schools provided me with the skills I needed to succeed beyond graduation. I believe every Maryland child has the fundamental right to a quality education and the opportunities it unlocks.

That is why I am committed to educational excellence for every Maryland student, regardless of their county or zip code. Achieving educational excellence for all of our children requires fully funding Maryland’s public schools system, guaranteeing universal pre-kindergarten, feeding our kids hot and healthy meals so that they can focus during class, expanding STEAM education, ensuring free community college and job training, investing in our state’s HBCUs, and making schools safer for all Maryland students.

PRIORITIES

Fully Funding Maryland’s Public Schools

Ensuring Free Community College & Job Training

Guaranteeing Universal, High-Quality Pre-Kindergarten

1. We must secure outside funding for investments like Pre-K that can pay for themselves ($19 in near-term savings per $1 invested; $38 savings in the long-term) by monetizing the long-term savings and using the future savings to repay social bonds, etc.

2. We must earmark the amount of lottery and casino revenue that goes toward education and restore the promises made that gambling would increase overall education spending, rather than allowing cuts to base funding.

3. We must reallocate resources within the existing budget within the existing budget by funding drug treatment which is ten times cheaper than incarceration and ending the money bail system both of which would free up resources to increase funding for education.

4. We must generate new revenues from private sector jobs growth.

5. We must raise revenues by increasing taxes on things that we want less of like vices/pollution and modernizing our tax code.

6. We must renovate our schools to make them safer, healthier, and more energy/water efficient—and the operational cost-savings should be directed back into school construction and educational programs.

1. Work with the General Assembly to establish a state-wide “promise program” that will provide funding for tuition and fees to all students in public, two-year institutions across the state.

2. Provide community colleges with the fiscal support they need from the state, since they rely more heavily on state tax dollars than traditional, four year colleges and universities.

3. Ensure community college students with jobs are able to continue their studies without breaking the bank or sacrificing their employment. To do this, we will establish a state micro-grant program to support two-year students’ transportation expenses. A little extra to simply get from home to college to work and back, all in time to help with dinner or spend time family, makes a challenging schedule just a little bit easier.

Expanding 21st Century STEAM Education in Maryland

Providing Free Access to Healthy Breakfast and Lunch

Making Maryland HBCUs Economic Engines of Upward Mobility

Standing with Students: Fewer guns, Safer Schools:

The Public Health Crisis: Stopping violence before it happens

Standing with Students: Fewer guns, Safer Schools:

Supporting Law Enforcement and Preventive Safety Measures

1. Debt-Free Tuition

2. HBCU Endowments

3. Prepare Graduates for Well-Paying Jobs

4. Halt Programmatic Duplication

 

1. Allocate $50 million for state-sponsored research into gun violence as a public health issue at state and private universities and expand the Maryland Center for School Safety’s annual budget.

2. Re-fund and expand Operation Safe Kids.

3. Invest in preventive behavioral and mental health programs.

4. Create a new state-sponsored awareness campaign

5. Provide state-funded grants to local governments to bolster anti-bullying efforts inschools.

6. Partner with social media firms

7. Promote trauma-informed teaching and practices in schools.

 

1. Implement standardized safety trainings and “best practices” for lockdown and escape situations in every Maryland school.

2. Mandate a certified expert in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) review all designs for community centers and schools.

3. Standardize and improve communications technology within schools.

4. Prepare for and invest in a “next generation 911” system with state oversight and management.

5. Expand current preventive efforts by law enforcement, the state, and school officials.

6. Expand community-policing models and examine the role of law enforcement in schools.

7. Fund the expansion of mobile crisis teams statewide..

8. Work with local school systems and police departments to end the school-to-prison pipeline by halting “zero-tolerance” discipline policies.

9. Prepare for and invest in a “next generation 911” system with state oversight and management.

10. Standardize and improve communications technology within schools.