Education is crucial to the economic mobility of residents and the strength of Maryland’s economy as a whole. Unfortunately, low-income Marylanders are less likely to succeed in school and have fewer opportunities compared to those who are more financially advantaged.  

MDCEP conducts research and analysis on state education policy with a focus on how state policymakers make funding decisions the impact Marylanders’ access to educational opportunity. 


Help Proposed for Families Struggling to Afford Enough to Eat

Photo by: FeydHuxtable Creative Commons License Passage of measures being considered by the legislature would

Student Debt in Maryland: A Cap and Gown Shouldn’t be a Ball and Chain

Some estimates put the debt burden for Maryland’s college student borrowers as the highest in
Recent Education Publications

Paying for Tax Cuts for the Wealthy by Blocking Immigrants from Receiving Tax Credits Will Leave Children Living in Poverty

November 21, 2017 by Ellen Hutton
The tax proposal that passed the U.S. House of Representatives would make it harder for families and students from low-income immigrant families to access tax credits they are legally entitled… read more

With Sufficient Resources, Schools Can Put All Students on a Path to Success

September 15, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
A great public education system is one of the building blocks of Maryland’s prosperity. But as multiple independent analyses have shown, our school system doesn’t currently provide the same opportunities… read more

Education Experts: ‘Maryland Does Not Do Well on Funding Equity’

July 28, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
Maryland needs to strengthen its commitment to providing an excellent education to the state’s highest-need students. This was the message Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on Education and… read more

Trump’s Education Budget: Less Support for Schools, Heavier Student Debt Burdens

June 9, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
The Trump administration’s budget proposal calls for deep cuts to K-12 and higher education that would hamper the state’s ability to provide an excellent education to all Maryland children. These… read more

Trump Budget Proposal Would Slash Investments in Anti-Poverty Programs, Shift Costs to Maryland

May 25, 2017 by MDCEP
The budget proposal President Trump released this week threatens the economic and social well-being of low- and moderate-income Marylanders. The budget slashes important anti-poverty programs that help more than 1… read more

Maryland Made Progress in the 2017 General Assembly Session

April 12, 2017 by Kali Schumitz
Maryland’s 2017 General Assembly Session came to a close Monday night. While there were also plenty of good ideas left on the table, lawmakers took some important steps that will… read more

“Nothing but Debt:” March Madness, Maryland Schools Edition

April 3, 2017 by Natalie Neill
This year ProPublica released a different sort of NCAA tournament bracket, one based on how well schools serve low-income students. Princeton came out on top, based on federal data covering… read more

Supplemental Budgets Fund Addiction Treatment, Law Enforcement, Relief to Schools

March 29, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
As this year’s budget process nears its conclusion, Gov. Hogan has released two supplemental budgets to address needs not covered by his original January proposal. The first supplement included new… read more

Every Child Deserves a Chance to Learn

March 6, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
Policy Decisions Made in the Coming Months Will Affect a Generation of Maryland Students Public education is part of the foundation of a strong economy. High-quality schools create tomorrow’s skilled… read more

Struggling Maryland Families Get Less Child Care Help than Other States

February 15, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
The cost of child care is on the rise around the country, and Maryland families have it especially hard. Our infant care costs are the fifth highest in the country,… read more