Witnesses pack Maryland hearing on $4 billion education spending plan

Crowds chanting “Our kids can’t wait!” jammed into a designated area for rallies not far from the Maryland State House in Annapolis. It was part of a “pep rally” on Monday for the $4 billion plan designed to reform education in the state. Hundreds of teachers, students and education advocates attended the events on Presidents Day. The “Blueprint for Maryland’s Future” — the focus of the joint committee hearing — would add teachers, boost their pay with a proposed $60,000 starting salary, and expand pre-K programming. (WTOP)

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