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State Republicans unveil focus on the future of education

Posted at 6:23 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 18:31:21-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Education is always at the top of lawmakers minds and this year that has never been more true. Home schooled, remote access and hybrid models have been tried and all come with difficulties.

House Republicans presented some of their education bills.

"Our number one priority is to get Maryland students back into the classroom as soon as possible."

One of the bills proposed is the "Real Money for Real Education Act". They say the average amount of state tax money per student is $7,000.

House Republicans hope this bill is not necessary and students are back in school soon. They say this bill is more of a stop gap measure.

"Its a way for us to say, 'If you don't get your acts together and get the schools open, you have the potential of losing per-pupil funding in your school system, so it's a way of holding school systems accountable'.

Other education bills would benefit special education and vulnerable students. The bill says parents must be compensated if the child is learning from home because there is added cost for the parents.

"It will provide a $250 per child tax credit to offset some the cost for education Maryland's children at home."

Democratic leaders in the house did not have a reaction to the bills, they said they have not seen them and would reserve a reaction until then. House republicans are gearing a majority of their education legislation to bringing kids back into the classrooms.

"It's time to get our teachers and our students back into the classroom where they should be."