Governor Hogan made note of the fact that the state funding formulas for education spending call for a reduction of $11 million in the amount Baltimore City should receive next year but that his budget holds it and other jurisdictions harmless for declining enrollment. That’s good. During his first term, Mr. Hogan had to be prodded into doing that, so we appreciate that he now did so of his own accord. But any discussion of education in the General Assembly this year that does not so much as mention (much less advance) the objectives of the Kirwan Commission is simply bizarre. The commission, which includes a variety of stakeholders, including the governor’s administration, has spent years now determining not just how to update Maryland’s 17-year-old funding formulas but recommending an ambitious overhaul of how and what we teach our children from pre-K through high school. We understand that Mr. Hogan has concerns about how to pay for the Kirwan recommendations, which call for an additional $3.8 billion in annual support, phased in over a decade. But he should at least start engaging in a debate about what we can afford and what should be our top priorities — for example, an expansion of pre-K.