A bill to infuse Maryland public schools with $1 billion for reforms over the next three years will take effect without the signature of Gov. Larry Hogan.
Teachers, principals and support staff who remained with the school system consistently for the last 10 years despite not getting a raise will now receive a salary increase over the next three years.
Many of the recommendations by the Kirwan Commission reflect policies teachers have been advocating for years.
The commission is making recommendations in five major policy areas, including investing in early childhood education and increasing teacher pay. The recommendations also include implementing rigorous curricula, providing more support to struggling schools and creating accountability for under performance.
The Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, also known as the Kirwan Commission for Chairman William “Brit” Kirwan, had proposed adding $4.4 billion to Maryland education spending. This week, lawmakers let members know that getting legislation through the General Assembly would be nearly impossible.
The panel known as the Kirwan Commission released the estimated costs at a meeting Thursday in Annapolis. It will make final recommendations to the Maryland General Assembly in a final report by the end of the year.
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