The BOOST program is a $5 million school vouchers program impacting more than 2,500 students and nearly 200 private schools. Though participating private schools sign “assurances” that they will not discriminate against students, two schools were found to have discriminatory policies codified within their student handbook. Additionally, these assurances do not protect against gender identity of students nor do they prevent discrimination based on the sexual orientation or gender identity of a student’s family members. Maryland must ensure that public dollars are not used by private schools to discriminate. FreeState submitted testimony in opposition of the bill.
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