For the fifth year in a row now, Education Week magazine has named Maryland's Public School system #1 in the country. We are #1 because of you: because of our students, parents, teachers, principals, administrators, advocates and elected officials.
This hasn't been easy. We've worked together to make the tough choices that were necessary to tackle the nearly $2 billion structural deficit we inherited in 2007. Now, that deficit is almost totally eliminated, and we've protected our AAA bond rating. But even as we've made more cuts to state government than any administration in the history of Maryland, we've remained focused on key priorities, like investing in schools and growing jobs for middle class families.
All Marylanders should be proud. Even during tough times, and even while other states were scaling back their commitment to schools -- we've chosen to make record investments in public education. Now, because of better choices and strategic investments, we can say again: "Maryland is #1."