Chair of Kirwan Commission breaks down funding plan to eastern shore officials
SALISBURY, Md. – The chairman of the Kirwan Commission, Dr. William ‘Britt’ Kirwan, made his way to the eastern shore Tuesday night. Dr. Kirwan spent the evening at Wor-Wic Community College breaking down the commissions’ recommendations to better fund Maryland public schools to local officials. Currently the commission says it would take nearly $4 billion to adequately fund programs like early childhood education, increase teachers’ salaries, and more. And while that seems like a lot, Kirwan says this funding is critical to create a better future for our students.
“If we up the quality of education then there are great benefits of this state. Incomes rise, there’s more tax revenue, incarceration costs go down, health care costs go down. Is Maryland willing to step up to the plate and do the right thing for it’s children or not, and we’ll have to see how that plays out,” said Kirwan.
Kirwan adds that the commission should be putting out a final recommendation that will ultimately go to Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland General Assembly by the end of November.