It’s time to end Maryland’s private school voucher program

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We must stop taxpayer funding for nonpublic schools. It’s unacceptable that Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is pushing to spend millions more on the “BOOST” program. Students who are LGBTQ or who have disabilities that attend these private – almost entirely religious – schools are not protected by the same strong non-discrimination standards as in public schools. Some BOOST schools have even had explicit anti-LGBTQ policies.

We must end Maryland’s private school voucher program.

This needs to stop. Act now.

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We must end Maryland’s private school voucher program
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We must stop public funding for nonpublic schools.

It’s unacceptable that Governor Hogan is pushing to spend millions more on the “BOOST” program. Students who are LGBTQ or who have disabilities that attend BOOST schools are not protected by the same strong non-discrimination standards as in public schools. And this increasing taxpayer subsidy comes at a time when the Governor has not yet committed to fully funding the needs of public schools – which are the state’s responsibility – under the Kirwan Commission’s funding formula.

Almost all (96%) of the private schools that receive taxpayer subsidies through BOOST are religious schools, which raises serious concerns about the separation of church and state. The schools that receive vouchers are not required to meet all our state’s nondiscrimination laws, which public schools must follow.

Anti-discrimination rules for BOOST only protect in the admission process, not student retention. A student who identifies as LGBTQ or who has learning disabilities can be enrolled and then expelled from a BOOST school for being gay or for needing reasonable learning accommodations that the school does not provide. Some BOOST schools have received state funds that even had explicit anti-LGBTQ policies.

It’s time to end the BOOST program and all taxpayer subsidies for private and religious schools.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
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