Governor Martin O'Malley today visited public schools in Baltimore City and County to celebrate the start of Maryland's 2013-2014 academic school year.
In the morning, Governor O'Malley joined Senator Catherine E. Pugh, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore City Schools Interim CEO Tisha Edwards, and Maryland Institute College of Art President Fred Lazarus in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Baltimore Design School. Later, the Governor joined State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lillian Lowery and Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools Dr. S. Dallas Dance for a visit to Hillcrest Elementary School.
"With better choices, we have built what Education Week magazine says is the #1 best public school system in America for the fifth year in a row," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "To create jobs, a modern economy requires modern investments. In Maryland, we've chosen to make targeted investments in education so our children will grow up with the opportunities and skills they need to succeed."
In order to keep our schools the best in the nation, the O'Malley-Brown Administration has invested record funding in K-12 education and set specific STEM education standards that support teachers in preparing all Maryland students for the 21st century economy.
These better choices are leading to better results. Our State's elementary school students have raised their MSA scores nearly 40% in both reading and math, and our middle school students have nearly doubled their MSA scores in math. What's more, Maryland's high school students have been ranked #1 in the nation in AP Success for 7 consecutive years and are graduating at the highest rate in our State's history. And, together with Maryland's hard working educators, we have made more progress to close the income achievement gap than any other state in the nation.
Please see the attached one-pager to learn how Governor O'Malley is investing in Maryland's public schools and preparing our students for tomorrow's jobs.