Governor Martin O'Malley is on the verge of proposing a $370 million plan to continue the revitalization and upgrading of Maryland public schools - a plan he says will support more than 11,000 jobs going forward.
O'Malley, who made the announcement in Annapolis flanked by Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch, says that the money, which would be included in the 2013 budget, would bring education funding to the second-highest level in the state's history.
"These investments we make together are literally the building blocks of greater job creation and opportunity," O'Malley said.
The construction and rehabilitation projects would support an estimated 11,650 jobs.
A 2004 plan recommended that Maryland needed to invest about $250 million every year to move students out of over-crowded classrooms, aging buildings and portable trailer classrooms. Since then, a time when the state cited a "crisis in school construction," O'Malley's administration has committed to $1.94 billion in school funding.
"Building safe, modern schools provides essential jobs for Maryland's economy today while creating cutting-edge environments for the 21st century," Maryland State Education Association President Clara Floyd said in a statement.
The money invested in revitalizing Maryland's public schools has already led to the state opening facilities with new technology labs and environmentally-friendly features.