Hogan releases $255 million for education blueprint bill

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Educators in Maryland are celebrating after legislation has passed to boost school spending by $1.1 billion.

This past session the General Assembly passed the Blueprint for Maryland‘s Future.

The bill passed without the signature of Gov. Hogan.

Hogan released $255 million in additional education funding. The funding is a part of the three-year blueprint bill.

Hogan said education is important to him and his administration but also said in a statement the legislation “cited concerns about lack of fiscal planning and inadequate accountability measures.”

The Maryland State Education Association President and Baltimore County teacher, Cheryl Bost, released a statement saying, “We know this funding will go to these dedicated purposes because of strong accountability measures in the law. In addition to including Gov. Hogan’s proposal of creating an inspector general for education, the bill requires audits of school systems on a broad array of matters including ‘fraud, waste, and abuse.’ This is just the beginning of an accountability plan developed by the Kirwan Commission that will ensure any additional funding for education is spent on research-based, student-centered policies recommended by the commission and passed into law by the legislature.”

Senate President, Sen. Mike Miller, and House President, Del. Adrienne Jones, released a joint statement saying they are both disappointed in Hogan for not signing the bill but appreciate the release of the funds.

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