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Maryland Education Jobs Top of the Class

Posted on February 18, 2009

Those with Maryland education jobs recently received some great news.

Education Week‘s 2009 Quality Counts annual report ranked Maryland as having the best public school system in the country out of all 50 states, an increase from the state’s third-place position last year. The report takes into account: chance for success; transitions and alignment; school finance; K-12 achievement; standards, assessments, and accountability and the teaching profession.

Maryland ranked number one in transitions and alignment policies, which measures a state’s ability to connect the K-12 education system with early learning, higher education and the workforce. The state earned a grade of 100 for early-childhood education, a grade of 90 for college readiness and a grade of 100 for the economy and the workforce.

“It is a great tribute to the students, teachers, and parents who, in response to the increased investments made by all Marylanders, continue to achieve at unprecedented levels,” Gov. Martin O’Malley said in a press release.

Since the passage of the Thornton Bridge to Excellence Plan, state funding for local school systems has increased by $2.029 billion dollars, an 82 percent increase. During 2008, the State of Maryland invested $5.3 billion in public education and has invested more than $740 million in school construction to build classrooms and schools for the 21st century.

The current administration also froze college tuition for a third consecutive year to ensure that higher education is accessible for more Maryland families. Las year, the Milken Institute ranked Maryland No. 2 nationwide for technology economy preparedness and first in the nation for human capital investment.

“Now is more important than ever, even in these difficult times, to continue to protect our investments in public education to ensure that every child receives a world class education and a better future,” O’Malley added. “The people of Maryland are our greatest asset and our continued economic strength depends upon our ability to invest in them, and prepare our children today for the jobs of tomorrow.”

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