Gov. Larry Hogan (R) proposed doubling the amount of money the state spends on scholarships for low-income students to attend private schools.
The state-funded private school scholarship program known as Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today would receive $10 million over the next three years, the governor said.
“We are working hard to ensure that every single child in Maryland is given the chance for a great education, regardless of what neighborhood they happen to grow up in,” Hogan said in a statement.
His office said that more than 5,000 applications have been submitted since the program was approved last year with $5 million in funding.
The state teachers union called on the General Assembly to end the scholarship program, calling it a “Trump-like initiative that sends taxpayer money from public schools to private schools.”