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County executives from across Maryland testify in support of 'Built to Learn Act'

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Posted at 7:39 PM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 19:39:07-05

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, along with County Executives from across Maryland, testified in front of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee in support of Senate Bill 1: Built to Learn Act of 2020.

The bill would provide $2.2 billion in funds to build and renovate schools across the state. It would also allocate $132 million to Howard County.

“We need to make sure we create the best teaching and learning environment for our students and educators, and this isn’t just money – it’s an investment,” said Ball. “We’re looking at funding $2.2 billion statewide, that would be allocated across every jurisdiction in Maryland. If we strive to provide the best educational opportunity for all our children, we must work to address the infrastructure that will enable and foster an environment conducive for learning, growing and thriving. Children and educators in Howard County, and those throughout Maryland, are counting on this historic investment.”

The bill passed the House of Delegates last week in a 128-6 vote and is supported by the Governor.