Ben Cardin - Senator for Maryland


Each child's future depends on access to quality education, and our nation's success in the global marketplace depends on an educated workforce that can compete internationally.   Now is the time to provide affordable, accessible, quality educational opportunities so that America can continue to shine as a beacon of ingenuity and prosperity.  

As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I am committed to providing funding for early education, teacher and principal training, science and math education, literacy and drop-out prevention programs, and college aid.  I am truly proud of Maryland’s consistently top-ranked academic institutions.  I have also consistently championed education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  STEM education will help ensure that the United States remains the center for high-quality jobs and innovative enterprise.  I applaud Maryland’s top-ranked academic institutions for their commitment to ensuring that students of all economic and ethnic backgrounds have access to the STEM-based knowledge and skills that the 21st Century economy demands. From our exemplary primary and secondary schools, to our world-class colleges and universities, Maryland sets the bar high for education in our country.  I will continue working to improve the state of education in America so that we can maintain our place on the world stage. 

Key Facts

  • Maryland was named #1 in education for the fifth year in a row by Education Week.
  • Maryland ranks 1st in Advanced Placement success for the fourth straight year.
  • Maryland was awarded a $250 million Race To The Top Grant by the U.S. Department of Education to strengthen school achievement and turnaround struggling schools.
  • Maryland has the second highest concentration of doctoral scientists and engineers in the nation.
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