Students lobby legislators in Annapolis to support BOOST Scholarship Program

A small army of lobbyists descended on the Maryland General Assembly on March 2, but instead of wearing suits and dresses, they wore polo shirts and khaki pants, a variety of plaid skirts, brightly colored sweaters, and sweat jackets with their schools’ names and logos.

With crowd sizes limited due to construction around the State House, about 300 students and 50 principals, teachers and parents from 27 Catholic, other Christian and Jewish schools across Maryland assembled in Annapolis for the 2023 Nonpublic School Advocacy Day.

A key purpose of the day was for the students and school representatives to advocate for the BOOST (Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today) Scholarship Program. New Maryland Gov. Wes Moore’s budget proposed cutting BOOST funding from $10 million to $8 million and included language that would phase out the program in a few years.

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