Leaders of Progressive Maryland, a grass-roots political organization, are traveling through the state over the next few weeks asking U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett and members of Congress to increase funding for federal education bills.
Representatives of the group made a stop Wednesday in Hagerstown.
Progressive Maryland released a report on the state of education in Maryland, which found that the 2007 U.S. House appropriations bill for labor, health and human services, and education provides $1 billion less for education than in 2005, and $400 million less than in 2006.
The appropriations bill also cuts No Child Left Behind Act funding by $500 million from 2006 levels, according to the Progressive Maryland report.
Federal spending on education has increased every year that Bartlett has been in office, said Lisa Lyons Wright, Bartlett's press secretary.