Maryland Candidate Comparison

Ben Jealous (D)

Former NAACP President​

Larry Hogan (R)

Current Governor of Maryland

Education Record/History* Education Record/History
2018Endorsed by Maryland State Education Association  2018Signed a bill granting low and middle-income students free community college tuition
  2018Submitted $5 million in supplemental budget to enhance school safety
2011Initiated NAACP’s financial literacy program 2018: Introduced the “Protect Our Students Act of 2018” to increase the weight of academic indicators from 65% to 80% in Maryland’s state accountability system
  2017: Proposed the “Public Charter School Act of 2017”, legislation to create the Maryland Public Charter School Authority to authorize new public charter schools and exempt charters from certain aspects of local laws
  2017Proposed budget with $42 million in cuts to Baltimore City Public Schools
*This candidate has not previously held public office. 2016Proposed plan to increase state’s funding of vouchers from $5 million to $10 million
Education Platform Education Platform

School Funding: Supports state efforts and state school funding formulas that prioritize low-income students

School Funding: Supports increases in K-12 education funding by $4.4 billion

Teacher Pay: Supports increasing teacher pay by 29%

P-TECH: Supports the expansion of P-TECH Schools, which blend high school, college, and on-the-job training into one experience

Early Learning: Supports full-day universal Pre-K

School Vouchers: Supports the expansion of school vouchers

Community Schools: Supports Community Schools as a school improvement strategy for low-income communities

  • Higher Education: Supports investing $7 billion in higher education and limiting tuition growth by 2%

Special Needs: Supports Special Needs teachers and personalized academic plans for every student with a disability

School Accountability: Supports an increased student achievement weight in the state’s accountability system

Mental Health: Supports every school having nationally recommended mental health services

School Safety: Supports using $125 million from casino funds for school safety improvements  

Higher Education: Supports free community colleges, debt-free college, and protecting investments in HBCUs 




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