Baltimore County can rightly be proud of our public schools which are routinely rated as some of the best in the nation, attracting new residents to our county at a rate of approximately 1,000 new students a year. Colleen is committed to ensuring that they stay that way, even as the county continues to grow and become more diverse.
What can we do?
- Increase salaries for teachers and support staff. Teachers in Maryland receive just 84 cents for every dollar earned by other professionals with four-year college degrees, with their annual salaries falling 13 percent below the median household income. Our teachers and support staff deserve salaries that are comparable to other workers with the same education and reflective of the cost of living in the county, so that we can recruit and retain the best teachers.
- Support the real solutions proposed by the Kirwan Commission. These include more professional development opportunities for teachers and staff; expanded free or low-cost pre-kindergarten; more support for at-risk children; and more vocational training and dual high school-community college degrees.
- Develop a ten-year plan for new school construction. Our students should not be forced to learn in overcrowded classrooms in crumbling buildings. Colleen will develop a ten-year plan, based on independent analyses, to fund necessary infrastructure repairs to our schools as well as construction of new school buildings–without pitting any one school against another.
Read more about Colleen’s plan to harness the potential of our youth by engaging them in our democracy.