Md. has kept promise to fund schools

October 18, 2012

The organization I represent, the Public School Superintendents' Association of Maryland, will not take a position on Question 7. Each Maryland voter must consider all the facts and cast his or her ballot on an expansion of gambling.

What is perplexing, however, are the political advertisements against the expansion of gambling that justify the position based upon "broken promises." A promise I remember in 2002 was that the General Assembly passed and the governor signed into law the Bridge to Excellence Act, pledging to increase state funding to Maryland public schools by $1.3 billion over a six-year time frame.

The Bridge to Excellence funding continues to be a priority for our current governor and the leaders of the Maryland House and Senate even in this tough economic environment. That's a promise kept!

Carl D. Roberts, Perryville

The writer is executive director of the Public School Superintendents' Association of Maryland.

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