The Kirwan “Blueprint” Bill Introduced, Fast-tracked

A 29-page bill implementing many education recommendations of the Kirwan Commission has been introduced, and fast-tracked for a Wednesday hearing.

SB 1030 / HB 1413 are the late-filed bills to implement many components of the Kirwan Commission (Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education). The bills were introduced on Monday, and through procedural motions on the floor of each chamber, they were advanced to their Committees directly (rather than being sent to the Rules Committee, a fate that befalls most bills introduced after the chamber’s deadline). The Senate hearing on the bills is scheduled for Wednesday at 4pm.

The most impactful element in the bill for county governments will likely be a teacher salary challenge. Counties who opt to fund an amount for teacher salaries at 3% above the funds required to meet their already negotiated contracts would receive some state funding to help with those costs. The program appears to be “wealth-equalized” so the state share of these costs would vary (as a percentage) based on each county’s relative wealth. The program appears to be written as an optional grant, available for those jurisdictions that meet the funding levels envisioned for FY 2020 and FY 2021.

From social media coverage of a related press conference on Tuesday morning:

 

 

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties
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