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Valentine not happy with makeup of Kirwan Education Sub-Committee

July 4th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Former Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine, after serving more than two years on the state’s Kirwan Education Commission, says he is not happy with the make-up of a sub-committee established that will help determine how the costs of implementing recommendations will be split between the state and local governments.  In a letter sent to media outlets across the state, Valentine says he is discouraged that only one member of the sub-committee will represent and advocate for the interests of county governments. He says the majority of the committee is made up of states senators, delegates and education representatives- not leaving a great deal of room for the voice of county government to be heard. With much of the cost to implement the Kirwan recommendations expected to fall to the counties- Valentine said they deserve to have a more prominent role in the decision making process. Counties such as Allegany could be hit hard…


3 Responses to “Valentine not happy with makeup of Kirwan Education Sub-Committee”

  1. July 04, 2019 at 9:47 am, kevin said:

    Sorry Bill, progress doesn’t come cheap.


    • July 08, 2019 at 7:56 am, Bill Valentine said:

      > Kevin,you are correct that progress does not come cheap, but you have to look at a few things
      {1} Have you read the Kirwan report? There is not one area dealing with curriculum. Over 1/2 the cost is for teacher enhancements, since the main view of the Commission was that the biggest problem with our educational failures is due to the fact that our teachers are not properly qualified.

      {2} The new sub-committee is looking how costs should be “shared” between counties and the state.Why should the counties not have equal representation in those discussions?


  2. July 05, 2019 at 11:35 am, LRH said:

    When, oh when will we learn. More money doesn’t mean progress in “Education”. Hasn’t for 30 years.


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