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

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

Expanding Educational Opportunity in Maryland

March 6, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
The Role of Funding Formulas in Increasing Equity Maryland delivers some of the highest-quality education in the country by some measures, and yet too many students still see their educational… 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 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