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Posted on March 11, 2019
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Maryland has a once in a generation opportunity to create a world-class education system in Maryland. Find out the numbers behind the urgent need for change. Find out more.
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With the 2019 General Assembly session well beyond the halfway point, the long awaited Kirwan Commission legislation has been introduced!
The Kirwan Commission legislation has been introduced (Senate Bill 1030
and House Bill 1413
) and Strong Schools Maryland stands in strong support. Here are a few highlights:
- $325 million for school year 2019/20 for targeted programs proposed by the Kirwan Commission as the foundation year of implementing their policy proposals to create a world-class education system in Maryland. The bill includes prekindergarten expansion, grants for schools that have a concentration of poverty (defined as schools where 80% or more of the students are eligible for free and reduced meals), increases in teacher salaries, support services to provide behavioral and mental health services, and a significant increase in funding for students with disabilities along with tutoring for struggling readers.
- $750 million from the state for school year 2020/21 for the first full year of Kirwan implementation
- Strong policy proposals taken directly from the Kirwan Commission recommendations.
Thank you for the work you have put in to get to this point. Our work is not yet done. We must remain focused and committed to moving this legislation across the finish line with a veto-proof majority. Now is the time to take action!
Take Action Now:
1. Click here
to send an pre-made email your legislators
~Strong Schools Maryland