Maryland education commission members say Governor Hogan’s criticism of plan is ‘unfair’

Aug 22, 2019 by

A commission studying how to improve Maryland’s public schools pressed back Thursday at Gov. Larry Hogan, who recently said the group’s work was “half baked.”

“That is so unfair to say that and it sends such a signal to the state, such a negative signal to the state, and demeans the hard work of so many people,” said William E. “Brit” Kirwan, the chairman of the Kirwan Commission that has proposed a host of expensive improvements to public education.

Kirwan was responding to a speech Hogan gave on Saturday, when he suggested massive state tax increases would be necessary to pay for the new school programs. Hogan, a Republican, said it was irresponsible to make recommendations without a way to pay for it.

The commission has been meeting this summer with the goal of recommending funding formulas for the recommendations. They’re expected to suggest that the state government and local governments share the cost. The commission has called for increasing teacher pay and providing full-day prekindergarten for low-income 3- and 4-year-olds, among other proposals, at a cost of $3.8 billion a year once all programs are phased-in over a decade.

Source: Maryland education commission members say Governor Hogan’s criticism of plan is ‘unfair’ – Baltimore Sun

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