By Martin O’Malley
Yesterday, I joined Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lillian Lowery, and Prince George’s County Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin Maxwell at Barnaby Manor Elementary School and Oxon Hill High School to welcome students for their first day of the 2013-2014 academic year. It was great to meet with some of Maryland’s best educators and brightest students.
In Maryland, together we’ve chosen to invest record funding in K-12 education and set the nation’s first specific STEM education standards that support educators in preparing our students for the 21st century economy. Over the next few years, we will continue to support our students and educators as we transition to better prepare them to compete globally.
With better choices, we have built what Education Week magazine says are the #1 best public schools in America five years in a row. Maryland’s high school students continue to set records for success. Our high school students are #1 in AP success for the 7th consecutive year according to The College Board, breaking records for AP STEM participation and success, and are graduating at the highest rate in our State’s history. And just last year, Maryland’s high school students broke state records for AP STEM participation and success.
This year, we will continue to invest record funding in our schools and build on the progress we’ve made together to prepare our children today for the jobs of tomorrow. We wish all of Maryland students and educators success in the new school year!