Conduit Street Podcast: Delayed or Derailed? What’s Next for Kirwan? #MACoCon and More!

MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website. Useful Links Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Delayed or Derailed? What's Next for Kirwan? Previous Conduit Street Coverage: County Officials Will “Hit the Ground Running” With MACo’s Newly Elected Officials Orientation Barry Rascovar:…

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Hogan Proposes P-TECH Expansion Plan

Governor Larry Hogan today announced a proposal to expand the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program in Maryland. The P-TECH model enables students to graduate with a high school diploma and a no-cost, two-year associate degree in a critical STEM field in six years or less. Each P-TECH school includes a partnership among a local high school, a college, and a private sector sponsor. According to a press release: The governor announced…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Kirwan’s Kryptonite, Stadium Squeeze, WotUS, and More!

  MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website. Useful Links Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Kirwan's Kryptonite Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Presiding Officers Ask Kirwan Commission to Delay Recommendations Previous Conduit Street Coverage: EPA Unveils New Waters of…

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Delayed or Derailed? What’s Next for Kirwan?

The [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education came to Annapolis this week with high expectations. After all, the Commission was set to put the final touches on its recommendations to transform Maryland's public education system into one of the best in the world. But the 25-member panel was dealt a devastating blow on Thursday, delivered in a letter from Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch. With the 2019 General Assembly…

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Presiding Officers Ask Kirwan Commission to Delay Recommendations

In a letter to the [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller today asked the Commission to continue its work into 2019. The presiding officers write that "it is virtually impossible" for the Commission to develop and consider formulaic changes in time for the 2019 General Assembly session. Despite the delay, state lawmakers are likely to provide $200 million in additional aid to school systems…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Major School Construction Proposal, Clues to the Kirwan Cost Split, and More!

MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website. Useful Links Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Hogan Announces $3.5 Billion “Building Opportunity Fund” School Construction Initiative Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Local Aid Percentages Still Undecided in Quirky Year for School…

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Hogan Announces $3.5 Billion “Building Opportunity Fund” School Construction Initiative

Governor Larry Hogan today announced plans to propose legislation during the 2019 General Assembly session to provide $1.9 billion in new school construction funding over five years. Called the Building Opportunity Fund, the initiative would give the Maryland Stadium Authority oversight over the new funding, and include accountability measures. According to a press release: This proposed new funding is in addition to the $1.6 billion in public school construction funding currently included in the state’s…

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Q&A with Pensions Expert Linda Herman

Linda, welcome and good to speak with you today. We are so happy that you could take the time for this exchange. You wear two hats with regard to pensions - you are a county pension plan executive and you are a representative of county governments on the State Pension Board. You have presented on topics in pensions at MACo’s Conferences and before the MACo Board and Legislative Committee. It is good to have you…

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Clues to the Kirwan Cost Split

The Kirwan Commission is winding down three years of work on educational issues, with far-reaching recommendations. Here, Conduit Street tries to break down what components could end up as county funding obligations. The Kirwan Commission's last meeting on December 6 included the first substantial wave of cost estimates on their multifold recommendations. While the Commission is still amidst deliberations, the figures represent a first look at the fiscal contours of what is expected to be…

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Kirwan Commission Trims Cost Estimates, Funding Formulas Still Uncertain

The [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence this week unveiled new cost estimates for its recommendations to expand pre-kindergarten, increase teacher pay, provide more resources for at-risk students, and develop a new standard for college and career readiness. The $4.4 billion price tag, phased in over ten years, comes with a caveat: The Commission has yet to agree on the funding formulas that determine both the pattern and role of state and local funding. The…

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