- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan plans to submit a measure to strengthen the state’s charter school law.

Hogan, a Republican, mentioned his plans in his State of the State speech Wednesday.

Hogan says the measure will seek to expand choices for families and make it easier for more public charter schools to operate in the state.

Maryland enacted a charter-school program in 2003. An analysis by the state last month reported that there are now 53 charter schools in seven jurisdictions. The city of Baltimore has 37.

Hogan also says he will push for tax credits for people who make voluntary contributions to private or parochial schools. The measure has been debated in Maryland for more than a decade, winning passage in the Senate but failing to clear the House.

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