Funding public education: City discusses money for Kirwan plan

Posted at 9:51 PM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 23:19:57-04

BALTIMORE — It was a packed house for a school funding forum on the Kirwin Commission Plan on Thursday.

The state of Maryland did a study and found that schools are underfunded about $3 billion a year. $1.1 billion in new funding was approved for staffing, expanding student programs and salaries.

“We need to implement early childhood education. High quality and diverse teachers and leaders," said Joe Francaviglia with Stronger Schools Maryland, Blueprint for Maryland's Future. "College and career readiness pathways. We also need to make sure the funding is going where students need it the most. On top of that we need to make sure our governance and accountability allows the money that’s spent to go where it needs to be.”

The general assembly will look into approving the plan in the 2020 session.