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Md. Lawmakers Introduce Education Reform Bill — Without Funding Source

February 8th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Maryland lawmakers have formally introduced a bill that would drastically overhaul the states’ education system, and the amount of money invested in it. However, what the bills are missing is a funding source that would generate the billions of dollars in revenue that would make the reforms, which were recommended by the Kirwan Commission last year, a reality. The bills were filed in both the House and Senate.

In the past, Gov. Larry Hogan has referred to it as the “Kirwan Tax Hike Commission” because of the $4 billion price tag.

The legislation, backed by leaders in the Maryland House and Senate, touches on all aspects of the education system from preschool through high school.

The measure would raise standards for teachers, as well as their paychecks. It would expand preschool offerings around the state and create an accountability board to oversee the implementation of the reforms.

But the biggest sticking point behind it is figuring out how to pay for it all.

3 comments on this post.
  1. David:

    The politicians in Annapolis are completely out of touch with reality. They have no concept of fiscal or educational issues and this displays it clearly.

  2. Jay:

    Decisions on MD public education aren’t really made with the 2 western-most counties in mind. MD public school enrollment is approximately 862,867. Allegany and Garrett Counties combined have about 11,780 students which is .013% of the state enrollment. We don’t count for much.

  3. Roger:

    > The western counties are involved when the legislature passes additional sales tax on alcoholic beverages that adds revenue and funds education in Baltimore County and city. We are very invested in the students of THOSE areas.

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