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Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Representing the 2nd District of Maryland

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Maryland Schools Rank #1 .... Again

Jan 10, 2013
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This morning, I learned that – for an unprecedented FIFTH consecutive year – Maryland schools have been ranked the best in the country by Education Week. All of Maryland’s students, parents, teachers and administrators should be very proud of this extraordinary accomplishment. 

We can’t create new jobs without investing in education and I am proud that Maryland’s Congressional delegation has continued to advocate for federal education funding during these difficult economic times. Maryland has been awarded a portion of the federal government’s $4.3 billion “Race to the Top” funding, which has helped the state strengthen standards for students and teachers, create a new data system to track progress and improve teacher evaluations, according to the governor. Last year, Maryland also received a $50 million, 4-year federal grant to continue its early childhood education programs.

These efforts are going to be invaluable as we work to fill the pipeline of jobs that are coming our way as the “cyber capital of the world.” Maryland is home to many federal agencies – including the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command – as well as many defense contractors and other private-sector partners that are critical to our national security. As we work to combat the threats of tomorrow, Maryland is clearly leading the way in preparing our future cyber warriors.
 
Education Week consistently gave Maryland high marks in areas such as school finance, college and workforce readiness, and narrowing the achievement gap. You can see details of the report at www.edweek.org.