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Maryland Panel Recommends New $4B School Funding Formula

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP/WBOC)- A Maryland panel on education has voted to recommend updating the state's funding formula between the state and local governments to phase in a major increase in money for schools.           

The work group is recommending a state commission phase in new spending that will reach about $4 billion a year for K-12 a decade from now.           

Under the proposal, the state would contribute about $2.8 billion and local governments would contribute $1.2 billion in fiscal year 2030.           

The recommendations will go to the full Kirwan Commission.           

It has been working on investing in early childhood education and increasing teacher pay. It also has focused on implementing rigorous curricula, providing more support to struggling schools and creating accountability for underperformance.           

The commission will make recommendations this year to lawmakers.

Following the work group's recommendation, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued the following statement:

“Education is my top priority, which is why we have provided historically high funding five years in a row, created a lockbox to require an additional $4.4 billion investment into our schools, and proposed a $2 billion school construction investment—the largest in Maryland history. No governor has ever invested more in our schools. 

“I have tremendous respect for Dr. Kirwan and have supported many of his well-meaning recommendations, some of which can be phased in over the next several years. Unfortunately, the Kirwan Tax Hike Commission is hellbent on spending billions more than we can afford, and legislators are refusing to come clean about where the money is going to come from. Even after more than three years of meetings, there is still no clear plan whatsoever for how either the state or the counties will pay this massive price tag.

“We cannot recklessly expand the state’s deficit to $18.7 billion, as these proposals require. And we will not impose billions in crippling state and local tax increases on Marylanders.

“Our students, parents, and teachers deserve more accountability and better outcomes, not pie-in-the-sky unfunded spending proposals.”

 

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