Early Kirwan Legislation is a Push in the Right Direction

With some of the early findings coming from the Kirwan Commission, there is a proposed bill that would implement several of its early policy recommendations. Some of the highlights include establishing a teacher outreach and recruitment program to address subject areas where resources are lacking, while looking to recruit a stronger and diverse array of educators. Additionally, the bill would also establish the Maryland Early Literacy Initiative, the Learning in Extended Academic Programs (LEAP) grant program, and the Career and Technology Education (CTE) Innovation grant program.

MACo Policy Associate Kevin Kinnally testified alongside the county representatives on the Kirwan Commission, Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine and Montgomery Coutny Councilman Craig Rice, in support of House Bill 1415 and Senate Bill 1092, “Education – Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education”.

The bill gives counties more tools in the toolbox to address funding issues and provide quality educational opportunities.

From MACo Testimony:

MACo has supported and will continue to support additional funding for our schools, including the programs outlined in this legislation. Additional state funding for initiatives such as extended day and summer enhancement programs, enhanced training for tutors, and providing additional resources for struggling students is especially beneficial in areas with high concentrations of poverty, where resources may be limited. Counties, who share responsibility with the State for funding Maryland’s schools, appreciate financial support for their efforts to ensure that all students receive a high quality and equitable education.

This bill would implement policy recommendations that signal a new commitment to education on behalf of the State and support a growth trajectory of Maryland’s education system.”

For more information on Kirwan and other legislation, follow MACo’s advocacy efforts during the 2018 legislative session here.

Useful Links:

Fiscal Note for HB1415 and SB1092