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Maryland Lawmakers Pass Kirwan Reforms

March 18th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

The Maryland House of Delegates voted 96-38 Tuesday night to approve the Krrwan Commission recommendations aimed at improved K-12 learning in the state.

The recommendations would be phased in over ten years and cost billions of dollars.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has said he will not approve a tax increase to pay for the initiatve, which has the support of the Democrat controlled General Assembly.  If all Democrats vote in favor of the plan, they could override a Hogan veto.

The Senate is expected to take up the issue prior to an early adjournment Wednesday at midnight.

8 Responses to “Maryland Lawmakers Pass Kirwan Reforms”

  1. March 18, 2020 at 10:53 am, Dave said:

    Silly me and I thought gambling was going to fund our children’s education. If you want to in increase our children’s education how about discipline and respect for authority, now that would be a novel approach. But since the liberals run Maryland it must be an utopia since they have all the right answers.


  2. March 18, 2020 at 11:35 am, Welchy said:

    I heard George Edwards voted for it, very sad and surprising.


  3. March 18, 2020 at 11:36 am, jim said:

    Given the unforetold devastating economic impact of the virus, how could it be prudent to pass legislation that will cost billions?


  4. March 18, 2020 at 1:10 pm, David said:

    Tar and feathers anyone?


  5. March 18, 2020 at 7:16 pm, Brian said:

    Maybe if they spent 100% of the time and 0% on indoctrination things would improve


  6. March 19, 2020 at 6:38 am, Ken said:

    Do we, as a society,values education or not? The days of graduating high school and getting a job in manufacturing are gone and not coming back.

    To prepare the next generation and make them employable means we will either pay the bill or pay dearly because we didn’t.

    This has nothing to do with schools teaching our kids “discipline and respect for authority” – that is and should be the job of their parents. As to schools being involved in “indoctrination” – indoctrinating all of our kids with your beliefs is not an answer either.

    The “let’s kick the can farther down the road” excuse which claims the “unforetold devastating economic impact of the virus” will do nothing for making our area better.

    We are one of the poorest counties in one of the wealthiest states in our country. Roughly one in four of our families live at or below the poverty line. At some point, we have to accept the responsibility of our own situation. The choice is between investing in a better future or complain while things get worse.


    • March 19, 2020 at 10:42 am, Dave said:

      So you think “discipline and respect for authority” is the parents’s job? I couldn’t agree more!!! However if the parent’s do not, then the school’s will not? If parent’s will not teach values then the “system” will let them self destruct? I though the battle cry of the educational system was give us your kids and we will teach them “what is right”. Rest assured if some one doesn’t teach them respect for authority then a PHD will not do them or our society any good.


  7. March 19, 2020 at 1:41 pm, Ken said:

    No, the battle cry of the education system should never be to teach our kids what they think is right. Are you honestly suggesting that each school should decide what is they believe is right?

    We pay our educators to teach our kids a wide range of subjects that they will need to address the challenges life will present them with. This ranges from being able to count your earnings to ensure you are not cheated to having a foundation in many subjects that will allow you access to whatever continuing education you may wish to take.

    As to whether parents are doing their job, do we really want to have a society where negligent parents are free from all responsibility? At present, we have a system that attempts to prevent the worst cases of negligence and I am not sure we want to impose more strict regulations based on what that might lead to.

    As a parent myself, I know this job is a difficult one and could challenge the patience of a saint – but I also know that it is my responsibility to make sure my children grow up to be an asset not a problem.

    I know, I’m old fashioned but that’s how I was raised.


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