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Md. education reform group pushes back against Hogan’s comment that recommendations are ‘half-baked

August 23rd, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Frustrations boiled over at the start of an education reform meeting in Annapolis on Thursday, following Republican Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s earlier comments that the commission’s initial legislation was “half-baked.”

William E. “Brit” Kirwan, chairman of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence, which has recommended top-to-bottom education K-12 education reforms in the state, called Hogan’s statement “unfair” and “demeaning” at a meeting of officials plotting a funding formula to cover the pricey reforms.

Kirwan ran down some of the commission’s recommendations – to elevate the status of the teaching profession, provide extra supports to low-income students and expand early education programs.

“This is the plan Gov. Hogan said the commission advanced with little thought. Fortunately, he seems to be alone in that view,” Kirwan said, noting that the Senate unanimously supported the legislation and that House members overwhelmingly advanced it.

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