COVID-19 has had a significant impact on everyday life but our schools have taken a major hit. Despite herculean efforts by teachers across Maryland to reach students through distance learning, prolonged disruptions to our public education system have resulted in immeasurable learning loss. Our teachers, parents, and especially students have been struggling these last couple of years. We need to keep our kids in school while making sure to follow science and protect those most vulnerable.
Families move to District 9 for our public schools, which are some of the best in the state and the nation. However, in recent years our school budget has suffered. That’s why I worked to pass a once in a generation bill, The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, to improve our public schools across the state of Maryland. I will continue to advocate for investment in our schools and will work closely with our local Boards of Education to advocate that class sizes go down, not up.
At the same time, we can increase the performance of our schools by increasing teacher and support staff salaries, creating career and technical education programs to guide students to good paying jobs after graduation, and investing in communities that have suffered from under-investment. I also firmly support the creation of more pathways for students to move into apprenticeships and lucrative jobs in fields that can’t find enough skilled workers —jobs like cybersecurity, biotechnology, renewable energy, value-added agriculture, and trades like auto mechanics, electricians, welders, construction.