1. EXPAND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Access to pre-k programs.
Early learning programs are critical to children's long term success. Children enrolled in pre-k enter kindergarten with better vocabularies, more advanced pre-reading and math skills, and most importantly, they learn important social skills.
Better vocational trade programs.
Vocational trade programs play a key role in equipping many students for future careers. Expanding vocational programs across the county will help students hone technical skills and practical experience in their specific trade.
2. PROMOTE STUDENT WELLBEING
Academic support for struggling learners.
As a community, we need to ensure funding is provided for the education of students with disabilities. It's imperative to provide additional academic support to any child who is struggling to learn, whether it's one-on-one or small-group tutoring with a certified teacher, a teaching assistant, or trained professional.
Access to physical and mental health services.
Helping children meet basic needs is crucial in helping them succeed in school. Supporting poverty grants, a program that provides grants to public schools in which 80% of students are eligible for free and reduced-price meals, is an important first step. Our students in low income areas need access to health care practitioners and mental health services.
3. IMPROVE RECRUITMENT & RETENTION OF TEACHERS
Teachers deserve to make a living wage.
Maryland teachers make 84 cents on the dollar compared to peers in similar fields with similar levels of education. Right now, half of Anne Arundel County educators work a second job to make ends meet. Teachers deserve salaries on par with similar professions.
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