FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
BALTIMORE, MD (August 23, 2017) – In response to the Baltimore Sun’s report on Maryland students’ performance on PARCC tests, Jim Shea released the following statement:
“For years, Maryland has had some of the best schools in America. But under Larry Hogan, our schools and teachers receive less support, and our kids are victimized by the governor’s double talk. We are falling behind. That will change when I am governor. We will work to ensure that every child in the state receives an exemplary education. We will not make excuses, we will not play games, and we will reverse the decline triggered by Hogan’s decisions.
“Seeing Maryland students’ poor performance on the PARCC tests is extremely disappointing. It is also not unexpected, given the Hogan Administration’s refusal to value and invest in K-12 education. Spending on education is well below General Fund growth in the state, and the Hogan Administration hides behind a failing funding formula rather than proactively working to solve the problem.”
Jim Shea is the former Chair of Venable LLP, the largest law firm in the state of Maryland. He is also the former Chair of the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland, the Empower Baltimore Management Corporation, and the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. He has served on the boards of the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Equal Justice Council.