Issue Background


Maryland needs the Maryland Education Credit to promote business investment for the benefit of all of Maryland's students and families. The Maryland Education Credit will provide a tax credit to businesses that donate to nonprofit organizations that support public and nonpublic school students.

The Maryland Education Credit will provide families assistance with:

  • Scholarships and tuition
  • Academic tutoring
  • Textbooks and school supplies
  • Computers and technology
  • Services for special needs students
  • Transportation
Maryland's Catholic schools have served the state for two centuries. They educate 50,000 students annually and save the state of Maryland and taxpayers $700 million EVERY YEAR. And if you include other nonpublic schools, the savings to the state and taxpayers exceeds $1.5 billion EVERY YEAR in per-pupil public school costs! About 29% of Maryland Catholic school students are minorities and 22% are not Catholic.
No matter a student's background or family income, our students thrive and succeed academically and in life. Our schools do, however, face difficulties. Enrollment statewide has declined by 14% between the 2007-2008 and 2012-2013 school years.
Maryland can and should do more to recognize the extraordinary contributions of Catholic schools.  Now more than ever, Maryland needs our private schools and the students they educate.
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"Let us keep a place for Christ in our lives, let us care for one another and let us be loving custodians of creation." ~ Tweet by Pope Francis


Consider these facts for nearby states and Maryland:

  • New York distributes $207 million for 488,000 nonpublic school students ($424 per student)
  • New Jersey distributes $164.3 million for 155,000 nonpublic school students ($1,060 per student)
  • Pennsylvania distributes $340.4 million for 231,000 nonpublic school students ($1,473 per student)
  • Maryland will double what it distributes this year to $9.54 million for 103,000 nonpublic school students ($92 per student)

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