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Maryland gubernatorial candidate creates plan to reimburse teachers for school supplies

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous stands outside a polling place, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Ben Jealous, Maryland's Democratic candidate for governor, is debuting a plan to reimburse Maryland teachers for school supplies they pay for out of pocket.

A press release from his office says Jealous will announce the creation of the Teacher School Supply Fund Tuesday at Garret Heights Elementary and Middle School. The fund will allow Marylanders to donate part of their tax refund to help pay back teachers for the school supplies they buy with their own money, something 91 percent of them say they do, according to Jealous' office.

"Maryland teachers now make just 87% of median household income -- ranked last among Mid-Atlantic states and 41% report working second jobs to make ends meet just for themselves," the press release says.

The Maryland State Education Association and the Baltimore Teachers Union have both endorsed Jealous's candidacy for governor.

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