Support Catholic and other nonpublic schools. Vote YES on $10 million for BOOST
Dear committee member,
Maryland's BOOST Scholarship Program is changing lives all across our state, and you have a chance to enable it to change even more. As a Catholic, I am asking you — a member of the committee that defines our state's budget — to VOTE YES for a budget that provides $10 million for BOOST (Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today) and empower low-income families with educational options.
Thank you for supporting budgets these last few years that have allowed the BOOST program to grow and low-income Maryland families to choose the best educational options for their children. But more funding is needed.
This school year, there was a 25% increase in certified applicants, leading to a large waitlist. I am asking you to vote YES on a budget that provides additional funding or BOOST in FY 2021 to ensure that all those who need it have access to the options that BOOST provides.
Since it was started in 2016, BOOST has helped thousands of low-income Maryland families see their children thrive in school and is helping to narrow the achievement gap for low-income students. Parents of BOOST scholarship recipients describe this program as "vital."
Please ensure BOOST continues to serve and empower both families and students by voting YES on $10 million for the BOOST budget.