BALTIMORE, MD (October 5, 2007) – This evening, Governor O’Malley will attend Maryland’s Teacher of the Year Gala to help honor and pay tribute to the State’s outstanding teachers from every county and local school district in the State of Maryland.
“I am honored to attend this evening’s gala to pay tribute to Maryland’s best and brightest teachers,” said Governor O’Malley. “As a state, we are only as strong as our teachers who work everyday to educate Maryland’s next generation of students and create a workforce that is second to none and prepared to compete in a global economy. As we look to the future, the State of Maryland is committed to giving our teachers the tools they need to succeed in the classroom by making historic investments in public education and school construction, and keeping college tuition affordable for the families of our State.”
In last year’s legislative session, Governor O’Malley and the General Assembly invested a record $400 million in school construction and $680 million in educational funding – the largest increase for education in Maryland’s history – including investments in teacher pensions to help retain the best teachers for our children.
Governor O’Malley also provided funds to stabilize college tuition rates and keep college education affordable for Maryland families, and increased funding for Maryland’s community colleges funding by 18%.