The following statement can be attributed to Cheryl Bost, a 4th and 5th grade teacher in Baltimore County and president of the Maryland State Education Association:
“Governor Moore’s budget marks the beginning of a new era of commitment and leadership to ensure that every student has an outstanding public school where they can pursue their dreams. He upholds his promise to support students and educators by fully funding the FY24 state share of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, which will expand career and technical education programs and pre-kindergarten, address educator shortages, and raise educator pay.
“His prudent and strategic move to forward fund the Blueprint by $500 million will further enhance the sustainable funding needed to deliver these game-changing investments in our students over the long term.
“Our education support professionals—bus drivers, custodians, front office staff, and so many others—make our schools work yet often go unnoticed and underpaid. The legislature passed a $1,000 retention bonus for these valued employees last year that Gov. Hogan’s budget didn’t fully fund. We appreciate that Gov. Moore’s budget recognized these employees and their contributions to our schools.
“It’s clear: Gov. Moore gets the importance of our public schools and investing in the future of our students. We are excited to work with a governor who has our backs and puts students first.”