The Maryland General Assembly is back in session, and the state’s education needs could mean that cannabis legalization will be a major policy contender in 2019. Several lawmakers recently voiced their concerns about Maryland’s education funding — or lack thereof — and some are weighing all viable options to get the necessary resources.
According to WTOP, State Sen. Craig Zucker said he would like “to make Maryland schools No. 1 again.” And State Del. Julian Ivey said his district’s schools “can’t cover the cost called for in the Kirwan Commission’s report on education policy,” which cites a need for $4 billion in additional revenue to support the state’s education system. What’s more, the report revealed that despite Maryland’s previous investments in pre-K through 12th-grade education, its system is “average at best within the U.S.”
In other words, the report states Maryland must face the reality that “its students still perform in the middle of the pack within the U.S., which is in the middle of the pack against the rest of the modern world.”
“We’re going to have to have some very tough conversations,” Ivey said on the first day of the general assembly meeting, which lasts three months.