The Changing Face of Maryland Education at #MACoCon

Dr. William “Brit” Kirwan

The [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education was formed in 2016 to answer two questions: Should the state revise current education funding formulas? And, what major new education policies must be enacted to put Maryland public schools on par with the best in the world? While the Commission has developed detailed policy recommendations – proposals expected to cost billions of dollars – for counties, most of the ultimate fiscal consequences—and their spillover effect on other public priorities—have yet to be spelled out.

A thirteen-member panel will make recommendations on the distribution of funds, by local education agency and between State and local governments, for the programmatic recommendations in the Kirwan Commission policy report, and recommend specific funding formulas for ongoing costs within the policy recommendations. Further, the Workgroup will prioritize the order of funding for the Commission’s recommendations.

At the MACo Summer Conference general session, “The Changing Face of Maryland Education,” learn what’s happening and what’s to come as Maryland redesigns the statewide commitment to public education.

The Changing Face of Maryland Education

Description

The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future,” passed by the General Assembly in the 2019 Session, is the result of years of study and effort from the Kirwan Commission. It will change how Maryland approaches public education. In addition to mandates and funding for pre-K, special education, student mental health, and teacher pay, this ground-breaking legislation draws up a list of goals and priorities and outlines a new accountability structure. How will the Blueprint’s aspirational goals affect current education policy? What will be the impact on state and county budgets? And what role will the new Education Inspector General play in the new plan? Join this session for perspective on what’s happening and what’s to come as Maryland redesigns the statewide commitment to public education.

Speakers

  • Dr. William “Brit” Kirwan, Ph.D., Chair, Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education
  • The Honorable Craig Rice, Chair, MACo Education Subcommittee; Councilmember, Montgomery County
  • Dr. Karen Salmon, Ph.D., State Superintendent of Schools, Maryland State Department of Education

Moderator: The Honorable Barry Glassman, President, MACo; County Executive, Harford County

Date/Time: Thursday, August 15, 2019; 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

The MACo Summer Conference will be held August 14-17, 2019 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland. This year’s conference theme is “Winds of Change.”

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