Maryland lawmakers plan to put aside 800 million dollars into the education budget to fulfill the new reform law Blueprint for Maryland’s Future.
Maryland’s Senator Guy Guzzone said the decision was made in recognition of last week’s announcement that revenues are projected to be $1.6 billion higher than previously expected. This will be in addition to a budget surplus that already was larger than estimated.
The Blueprint will be phased in over the next ten years with a focus on expanding early childhood education, increasing teacher’s salaries, and providing assistance to underfunded schools to prepare students for future college and career opportunities.
Lawmakers have already set aside funds for the first few years; where funds go after that remains unknown.