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Gansler promises eyeglasses for children

Democratic candidates for governor in Maryland are clearly focusing on the minority achievement gap in Maryland.

Doug Gansler and Jolene Ivey

Doug Gansler and Jolene Ivey

Anthony Brown, Doug Gansler and Heather Mizeur all have proposed some form of expansion of preschool with Mizeur wanting to pay for her plan with tax proceeds from legalizing marijuana.

Now comes Gansler with a proposal to provide eyeglasses for all school age children.

“If you can’t read a blackboard, the smartboard or you can’t read a book you’re going to get further and further behind,” Gansler said in a video posted on his campaign website.

Gansler and his running mate, Del. Jolene Ivey, said they would “leverage Medicaid, we’re going to work with the private sector, we’re going to work with foundations.”

Gansler vowed to have vans deliver glasses to children “right then and there.”

“Special interests aren’t going to do it,” Gansler said. “Lobbyists aren’t going to do it. We’re going to get this done.”

Sounds like kids are getting a bum deal. In August, Gansler proposed tablet computers for prison inmates.




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