All Eyes on Kirwan Commission Report in December

August 08, 2017

Maryland’s Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education—chaired by Dr. Brit Kirwan and known to many as the Kirwan Commission—will deliver its final report to Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland General Assembly in December. The report is the culmination of a year-long investigation of how public education might best be funded and delivered across the state of Maryland. 

The recommendations of the Kirwan Commission will likely drive conversations and legislation about public education for the next several years. Though we don’t yet know  what the Kirwan Commission’s recommendations will be, we do know this:

  • Current funding for City Schools is inadequate.  
  • Changes to the state funding formula must include: Increased funding for schools in areas of concentrated poverty; Equitable distribution of state aid; and full-day pre-K for 3- and 4-year-old children from low-income families. 
  • We have confidence in Baltimore City Schools. The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners and the City Schools CEO have well thought-out plans to improve the system. However, in the absence of a significant increase in state funding, City Schools will not be able to fully implement those plans, resulting in students not meeting state standards.   
  • Systemic racism — policies and practices that drive the achievement gap and impede economic opportunities for students of color — must be addressed head-on as an integral part of any plan to reform public education.

BCF is keeping a close eye on this important moment for public education and we are focusing our advocacy efforts on the Kirwan Commission’s recommendations. 

Upcoming public hearings (all locations to be announced):

  • Eastern Shore - September 14, 2017, 7-9 p.m.
  • Western Maryland - September 28, 2017, 7-9 p.m.
  • Greater Baltimore - October 12, 2017, 7-9 p.m.
  • Central/Southern Maryland - October 25, 2017, 7-9 p.m.

 

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