State of Maryland Archives: on Education

Benjamin Cardin: $3M for Baltimore STEM education grants

Q: Do you believe the federal government should place more emphasis on increasing the number of young Americans who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or not?

Cardin selected, "Yes."

Cardin adds, "I have met with numerous young students who develop an interest in science and technology once they learn about the career opportunities available to them. For this reason, I am a strong supporter of increased funding for the National Science Foundation. Additionally, last fall, I was pleased to join Sen. Mikulski in announcing a $3 million U.S. Department of Education grant to Baltimore City Public Schools to use innovative methods, such as robotics instruction and career mentors, to strengthen the mathematics skills of middle school students and get more students involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. I will continue to support funding for these types of grant programs."

Source: Your Candidates Your Health: 2012 Maryland Senate debates

Kathy Szeliga: One-size-fits-all approach is failing our children

The federal government's one-size-fits-all approach to education is failing our children and grandchildren. As a former teacher in Baltimore City, one of my top priorities is reforming our education system so that our children are prepared for the current job market. We need plumbers, military personnel, and people in law enforcements just as much as we need doctors, lawyers, and accountants. We owe it to our children to truly prepare them for the future. [Source: ]
Source: profile for 2016 Maryland Senate race Aug 9, 2016

Margaret Flowers: No tuition from pre-school through graduate school

Education from pre-school through graduate school could be adequately funded so there is no tuition and there are sufficient teachers and support staff.
Source: 2016 Maryland Senate campaign website Feb 3, 2016

Martin O`Malley: Encourage more public charter schools

We have some great schools here in Maryland, but the gap between the best and the worst schools is dramatic. I believe that every child in Maryland deserves a world-class education, regardless of what neighborhood they grow up in. We must fix our under-performing schools while also giving parents and children realistic and better alternatives.

So, let's expand families choices. Let's encourage more public charter schools to open and operate in Maryland. This month, our administration will submit legislation to strengthen Maryland's charter school law. This legislation will expand choices for families and make it easier for more public charter schools to operate in Maryland.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Maryland Legislature Feb 4, 2015

Martin O`Malley: Tax credits for contributions to private & parochial schools

Our administration will also push for the enactment of the "Building Opportunities for All Students and Teachers" legislation, also known as "BOAST." It provides tax credits to those who make voluntary contributions to private or parochial schools, and it will help free up more money and resources for our students in public schools. This legislation has been debated in these chambers for more than a decade. It is the right thing to do.
Source: State of the State address to 2015 Maryland Legislature Feb 4, 2015

Dan Bongino: Schools must inspire next generation of engineers & doctors

Q: Do you believe the federal government should place more emphasis on increasing the number of young Americans who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or not?

Bongino selected, "Yes."

Bongino added, "Inspiring the next generation of engineers, doctors, and scientists begins with our primary schools and teachers. I fully support the implementation of tools such as parent choice vouchers, charter schools, and merit based pay systems for educators. In addition, we must reward good teachers, the bedrock of our educational system, and allow them to work in a system not stifled by bureaucracy and archaic work rules. Our educational goals in math, science, and every other industry should not simply be to 'keep pace with the world,' but to be the BEST in the world."

Source: Your Candidates Your Health: 2012 Maryland Senate debates Jun 15, 2012

Martin O`Malley: Complete College Maryland: incentives to finish on time

We must continue to make college more affordable for more families. Today, the University of Maryland is a top-5 national value. Access to college is important, but completing college is essential in this knowledge-based economy. That's the goal of Complete College Maryland, which I hope you will support in this year's budget. It's a step--but only a step. To move forward, we must rethink the way we fund higher education so there is a greater incentive for completing college on time.
Source: 2011 Maryland State of the State Address Feb 3, 2011

Mary Landrieu: Strongly believes in early childhood education

Landrieu has been a leader on education reform in the US Senate. In 2007, she proposed a major bipartisan overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act, focusing on results. In 2001, she successfully changed education funding formulas to direct additional dollars to Louisiana classrooms. A strong believer in early childhood education, Landrieu launched the Steps to Success program, the state’s first referral program on early childhood programs. Landrieu cut through red tape to help schools rebuild from th 2005 hurricanes. In 2007, she delivered $30 million to help schools recruit teachers and other employees to hurricane-impacted schools. When FEMA reneged on its promise to relocate Peebles Elementary school in Iberia Parish, after it was flooded during Hurricane Rita, Landrieu stepped in & secured the funding to make it happen. In 2007, Landrieu voted for the most sweeping changes to federal student aid programs in nearly 15 years, cutting interest rates on student loans & increasing Pell grant awards.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, Aug 12, 2008

Michael Steele: Oppose the No Child Left Behind Act

I disagreed with my party on No Child Left Behind. I endorsed No Child Left Behind at the convention in 2004. Since that time, I sat down and I’ve talked to a thousand teachers in, in my state, and I’ve listened to them tell me what the problem is. 7
Source: 2006 Maryland Senate debate on Meet the Press Oct 29, 2006

Parris Glendening: Began the Golden Age of School Construction ($1.6B)

We made education the number one priority of Maryland. This year our schools will receive $2.6 billion in State aid. That is $1 billion more than they received the year I took office. We also began the Golden Age of School Construction, with $1.6 billion in funding to build and modernize over 13,000 classrooms all across Maryland. And higher education is being elevated to its proper status as a top State priority, not just a budgetary afterthought.
Source: 2001 State of the State speech to Maryland legislature Jan 8, 2001

Parris Glendening: Make tuition an anachronism: free college for all

We more than doubled financial aid with new merit scholarships and a major increase in “need based” aid. We strengthened support for our Historically Black Institutions. We also embarked upon a $1.2 billion campus construction program to build new science and technology facilities on campuses across Maryland.

We must be mindful, however, that much of our work together was merely to “catch up” to where Maryland should have been. Higher education bore a disproportionate burden of budget cuts in the recession of the early 1990s. We are just now fully recovering. Having brought stability to our colleges and universities, we must look towards the future with a determination to go beyond the status quo with dramatic, bold steps.

I want the word ‘tuition’ to be seen as an anachronism. All children will move into college just as they now move from junior high to high school. Maryland’s institutions of higher education will be among the best in the country.and they will be free.

Source: 2001 State of the State speech to Maryland legislature Jan 8, 2001

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