Senator Garagiola is a father of three children currently attending public schools, and his wife, Cindy, is a public school teacher. Since his election to office, he has consistently supported funding for K-12 education, and Maryland teachers and support staff and has successfully:
* Pushed for an increase of $3.3 million in State Aid to K-12 education, since his election in 2003.
* Fought efforts to shift teacher pension costs to counties.
* Sponsored legislation that established new regulations and tougher standards concerning the indoor air quality of portable classroom, which ensure a safe and healthy environment for our students and teachers.
* Cosponsored legislation that eliminated a potential $23.4 million reduction in state aid for Montgomery County school funding.
Senator Garagiola's efforts have contributed to Maryland Public Schools receiving the top national ranking in Education Week's Quality Counts Annual Report in 2009 and again in 2010.
Senator Garagiola also believes that the Maryland's investment in higher education is critical to our long-term economic success. He has successfully advocated for:
* An increase of $3.2 million in State Aid to higher education in Maryland.
* A four year in-state undergraduate tuition freeze.
* Aid for community colleges and private colleges and universities.
* Over $1 million dollars in capital spending for the renovation of the 67,000 square foot Goldenrod Building adjacent to Montgomery College's Germantown Campus for the development of a Life Sciences Incubator and additional college classroom space.
* $32 million in capital funding for the Bioscience Education Center at Montgomery College in Germantown, which will lead to additional bioscience classroom and lab space.