We Can Do Better
Message from the Chair
Thanks to the wisdom of Maryland voters, the state recently adopted a constitutional amendment requiring state casino revenue to be added to other dedicated resources for education in order to help our kids maximize their potential to succeed in school and in life.
Accordingly, this week Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference announcing that he wants to spend a total of $3.5 billion in school construction projects across the state over the next five years; adding $1.9 billion in casino revenue to funds that were already set aside for this purpose.
This much needed investment in infrastructure will go a long ways towards creating the kind of modern school facilities our kids need for 21st century learning.
Unfortunately, in the same press conference, Hogan claimed that the state couldn’t afford other educational upgrades — such as salary increases for teachers, in-classroom educational supports for children, and investments in early childhood education for vulnerable students — recommended by the Kirwan Commission (aka the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education).
You would think that a governor who has presided over a state with a school system that has been steadily falling in national rankings under his leadership would care about strengthening all of the factors that are important for ensuring better educational outcomes for Maryland students.
Instead of offering a visionary proposal of his own to fund much needed instructional and human resource improvements that can reverse Maryland’s decline in rankings, Hogan’s myopic statement shows he is willing to use school construction funds to shut the door on progress inside of our schools.
If he gets his way, state rankings will continue to decline and our state’s kids, families, businesses, and economy will suffer as a result. We can and should do better.
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings
Chair, Maryland Democratic Party
DECEMBER 13, 2018
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings
Maryland Democratic Party.