The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington last week testified in favor of a budget increase for a Maryland state program that provides scholarships to low-income private school students, and in its first year assisted more than 100 youngsters attending Jewish day schools in Montgomery County. Many Jewish students from Baltimore also benefited.
The Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program, which was launched for the 2016-2017 school year, was established as a line item in the state’s $42 billion budget by Gov. Larry Hogan (R). The legislature appropriated $4.85 million from the state’s general fund for the scholarships for the one-year initiative, and the governor is now seeking to increase the program to $10 million over the next three years. Hogan’s request for fiscal year 2018 is an increase of $1.85 million, which would make $6.7 million available for the 2017-2018 school year.