Every child deserves a world-class education no matter the neighborhood or city they grew up in. That begins with expanding universal Pre-Kindergarten to every four year old, and increasing federal investment in primary education, while also fighting to provide teachers with more professional support and resources. Further, we need to make community college free and invest in Career Technology Education to increase the number of students who are prepared for growth industries with specific job-related skills. We must also make it a national priority to strengthen Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Minority Serving Institutions and year-round Pell grants. Plain and simple, a solid education is the backbone of the American Dream. By investing in education we will close the achievement gap, prepare the next generation to compete in the global economy, ensure that our workers are ready to take on new challenges and provide every Marylander and American with the opportunity to fulfill the American Dream.