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Worcester County Officials Raise Concern Over Kirwan Commission Recommendations

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SNOW HILL, Md.- A debate of school funding in Maryland headed to Annapolis Tuesday. Worcester County leaders and school officials traveled to the state's capital to support testimony by a county commissioner at the Kirwan Commission public hearing.

The Kirwan Commission was created in 2016 with the goal of improving Maryland public schools.

The commission was given two responsibilities: generate policy recommendations to make Maryland's public schools more competitive nationwide and propose changes to the current funding formulas for schools.

The commission has made several recommendations to achieve goals like improving graduation rates, funding universal pre-K, and increasing teacher salaries.

Worcester County Commissioner Chip Bertino said the commission has ignored reviewing and revising the current funding formulas to ensure fairness.

Those formulas determine how much money schools are given by the state.

Bertino said the current formula is already unfair to Worcester County because it does not include variables like poverty levels and demographics.

He said Worcester County taxpayers are forced to fund about 75 percent of the Board of Education's operational budget.

Bertino said the Kirwan Commission recommendations "bake the inequities into funding projections going forward."

Sen. Mary Beth Carozza was appointed to the full Kirwan Commission.

The commission is continuing work to flesh out its funding formula.

Recommendations will be presented to the state legislature when it goes into session in January.

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