Kirwan Commission Updates
September 30, 2017
It is an ongoing commitment of ours to ensure that all schools and districts across Maryland have the adequate and equitable funding they need to educate all of Maryland’s children. In 2016, the Maryland General Assembly established the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (“Commission”) to outline recommendations for a new statewide education funding formula that will determine the resources our schools will have to educate our children for decades.
Commission, also referred to as the “Kirwan Commission,” named for its Chair, William “Brit” Kirwan, Chancellor Emeritus of the University System of Maryland, brings together representatives from across the State to review the findings of the Study of Adequacy of Funding Education in Maryland, hear from national experts, and make recommendations for “preparing students in the State to meet the challenges of a changing global economy, to meet the State’s workforce needs, to be prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce, and to be successful citizens in the 21st century.” (HB999).
The Commission has been meeting since fall of 2016 will submit its final recommendations report to the Governor by December 31, 2017. In addition to reviewing the Final Report of the Study of Adequacy of Funding for Education in Maryland prepared for MSDE by APA Consulting, they have also heard from experts including Marc Tucker and Betsy Ruzzi from the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) and reviewed their 9 Building Blocks for a World-Class Education System.
For more information about the Commission and our funding priorities, see the links below.