As a mother of three children raised in the Montgomery County public schools system, I deeply understand As a mother of three children raised in the Montgomery County public schools system, I deeply understand the important role investment in public schools plays in improving our community, economy, and future.
I am honored to serve on the Ways & Means Education sub-committee where I get the opportunity to shape policies that make Maryland public schools #1 in the nation.
There is no greater asset to our future than our children, and no greater investment than in their education. In 2012, I supported legislation strengthening the maintenance of effort laws that ensure we continue to invest in our future and not consent to short-term economic pressures.
College affordability is a critical need for every family and Maryland has held tuition to low single digit increases even in tough budget years.
Quality education is a right and equal access to resources and opportunities for all students is what Maryland should strive to achieve. I will work to ensure pre-K programs are funded so all children are adequately prepared to embark with equal footing on their educational path to K-12 and beyond.
The best education requires quality teachers in the classroom. That’s why I co-sponsored legislation that created the Public School Labor Relations Board, which expanded the ability of our educators to collectively bargain and get the pay and benefits they deserve.
Bills I sponsored/co-sponsored:
• HB0470 Higher Education – Tuition Charges – Maryland High School Students (Dream Act), path to higher education for qualifying undocumented immigrants.
• HB613, Loan Assistance Repayment Program – Nancy Grasmick Teacher Scholars, provides assistance in repayment for qualifying teachers.
• HB0813, Task Force to Study the Impact of Expanding Credit and Noncredit Courses for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, which establishes a task force to study the impact of expanding credit and noncredit courses for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
• HB1176, Primary and Secondary Education – Online Courses and Services – Accessibility, requiring Maryland Department of Education must include an assessment regarding the accessibility of online courses or service to individuals with disabilities, including the blind.
• HB0740 Graduate Level Education – Exemption from Paying Nonresident Tuition Members of the United States Armed Forces, exempts active duty and honorably discharged veterans from paying nonresident tuition up to 5 years after.