Updates from the Governor
March 7: Ensuring the Success of Our Children
This week, I had the opportunity to join with students at Eastport Elementary School in Annapolis to celebrate "Read Across America Day" and Dr. Seuss' birthday. The program was developed by the National Education Association as an annual reading motivation and awareness program for children.
Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school. But in order to ensure the success of our children, we must provide them with the top-notch education they deserve. We must retain the best teachers and provide our schools with the supplies they need and updated classrooms.
That is why over the last two years we have proposed record funding for K-12 public education and school construction and renovation projects in our State. These investments in the future of our children are critical to providing our teachers and principals with the tools they need to help our students grow and achieve. They are also vitally important to providing our local jurisdictions with the resources they need to improve and update classrooms throughout our One Maryland.
The investments we make in public education and our institutions of higher learning are the foundation for a Stronger Maryland - the foundation for a world-class workforce that competes in a global economy, and the foundation for expanding opportunity for more of Maryland's families.As we work through the final weeks of the legislative session, we will continue working to protect these priorities to improve public education in our State and expand opportunity for our kids.