The evidence is clear that investing in things like universal prekindergarten, expanded learning time, and one-on-one instruction for struggling learners will increase opportunity for children across the state and strengthen our economy in the long term. It is also clear that our schools cannot make these changes without additional resources. While our state’s best schools demonstrate what is possible when we invest in learning, Maryland’s current education system does not grant all children the same opportunities.
Our current system does not grant all children the same opportunities.
Maryland made significant progress during the early years of the 21st century, and our efforts paid off as test scores increased across our state. Policymakers gradually cut school funding to balance the budget in the years after the Great Recession. Although they have since stopped making new cuts, underfunding is now baked into our education budget.