Dear District 38 Education Leaders and Stakeholders:
The full Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (Kirwan Commission) today held its first meeting since January. As a new member of the full Commission, I officially participated in this meeting along with an earlier orientation with Commission Chairman Dr. Brit Kirwan.
Today’s meeting focused on a review of The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future legislation, which passed during the 2019 legislative session, implementation of the Blueprint, and the recommendations made by the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Funding Formula Workgroup.
During today’s meeting, I shared your local concerns about the Kirwan recommendations and proposed funding formulas including the need for more local authority and flexibility, prioritization, affordability, formula fairness, accountability, and the growing concerns about the student and teacher learning environment. I am working with other Commission members and am coordinating with them in efforts to address your concerns.
The next full Commission meeting is on Tuesday, November 12 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Later that evening, the Commission will hold a public hearing from 5 p.m.-7 p.m in the House of Delegates Room 120 to receive comments on the Kirwan funding proposals. I encourage you to attend this hearing or follow it on the Maryland General Assembly website: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov.
These documents from today’s meeting may be of interest to you:
Summary of Senate Bill 1030 (Chapter 771) of 2019 – The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future:
The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Funding Formula Workgroup Overview of Proposal:
The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Funding Formula Workgroup Recommendations for State Education Aid Formulas:
Commission Elements and Other Costs as Recommended by The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Funding Formula Workgroup:
Direct Education State Aid:
Recommended Base and Weights Tables:
Comparison of Funding by Student Type:
FY 2030 Model Direct State Aid:
State Education Aid – Phase-in of Additional Recommended Funding:
State Education Funding – Recommended Phase-in by Policy Area Fiscal 2021-2024:
Fiscal 2021 Proposed State Funding:
Fiscal 2022 and 2023 State Aid and Local Funding:
Department of Legislative Services Projections of Local Appropriations:
Comparing Local Appropriations and Local Share:
Building a Future that Is for Everyone:
Bradford v. Maryland State Board of Education:
As always, if there are specific issues that you would like me to raise or information to provide to the full Commission, please pass it along to me. Thank you for your leadership, and I look forward to hearing from you.
MARY BETH CAROZZA
State Senator – District 38
Somerset, Worcester and Wicomico