Governor O'Malley today released the following statement after the Maryland Senate voted in favor of the O'Malley-Brown Administration's proposal to expand pre-kindergarten in Maryland:
"Thanks to the leadership of the general assembly, we made the better choice to invest in education over the last seven years. Those choices have led to better results, helping Maryland schools achieve the number-one-in-the-nation ranking five years in a row."
"Last school year, 82 percent of Maryland children entering Kindergarten were fully ready for school, an increase of 36.7 percent since 2005-2006. We've seen the difference a quality early education can make in our children's achievement, that's why today's vote is so important. By voting to expand pre-k to more Maryland children, we're building a stronger foundation that will help our state compete not just nationally, but globally."