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
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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

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 child care costs are the fifth highest in the country,… read more

Proposed Budget Moves Maryland Backwards by Cutting Key Investments in Health, Education, Housing

January 24, 2017 by MDCEP
As a whole, the governor’s proposed budget for fiscal 2018 fails to make the investments we need to continue to move our state forward. While the proposal makes some efforts… read more

SNAP Works for Maryland Children

October 14, 2016 by Kali Schumitz
While it’s widely known that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps thousands of Maryland families put food on the table, it also does much more to help keep children… read more

Hefty Tuition Hike at Public Universities Threatens Maryland’s Future

August 25, 2016 by Christopher Meyer
As students at Maryland’s public universities and community colleges head back to school this fall, they can expect to pay historically high tuition rates. Thanks to stagnating public investment, inflation-adjusted… read more

Tax-free Shopping Week is a Bad Investment for Maryland

August 16, 2016 by Kristina Li
Photo by Mimzy Creative Commons When Maryland parents head to stores this sales-tax-free shopping week to restock the school essentials their kids need, they won’t be getting quite the bargain… read more

Educating Maryland’s Youth is the Best Investment for Safer Communities

August 3, 2016 by Kristina Li
We all benefit from living in safe communities – however, when politicians focus on being “tough on crime,” the types of laws they enact often end up jailing more people… read more

Maryland Children now at Greater Risk of Poverty, Hunger

July 7, 2016 by Kristina Li
Every Maryland resident benefits from a more highly educated, healthier, and economically stable community. And when more than 170,000 Maryland children experience hunger, fewer educational opportunities, and limited health care… read more

Maryland Investing Less in Higher Education and Students Pay the Price

May 20, 2016 by Kali Schumitz
As many new graduates across Maryland are celebrating their newly minted college degrees this month, reduced state investment in higher education and rising tuition costs threaten to put this milestone… read more

2016 Session Leaves Missed Opportunities to Help Working Marylanders

April 13, 2016 by Kali Schumitz
When this year’s legislative session began, there was the potential for the General Assembly to take meaningful steps to help thousands of Marylanders who struggle to make ends meet. There… read more

Investing in child care could save Maryland families thousands of dollars each year

April 8, 2016 by Kali Schumitz
As parents throughout the state already know, enrolling an infant in daycare in Maryland can now costs more than the tuition for a state college, putting this much-needed service out… read more