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William Kirwan, who is the chairman of a Maryland commission on education funding, talks to reporters on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in Annapolis, Md., after the panel voted on a sweeping package of recommendations to enhance K-12 education in the state. The recommendations, which would increase funding by billions of dollars over the next decade, now go to the Maryland General Assembly, which will take them up in the next legislative session. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
William Kirwan, who is the chairman of a Maryland commission on education funding, talks to reporters on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in Annapolis, Md., after the panel voted on a sweeping package of recommendations to enhance K-12 education in the state. The recommendations, which would increase funding by billions of dollars over the next decade, now go to the Maryland General Assembly, which will take them up in the next legislative session. (AP Photo/Brian Witte) (Brian Witte/AP)

How easy it is to come up with grandiose plans when you don’t have to worry about where to find the money to finance them (“Education panel backs $4B plan for state schools," Nov. 22). William “Britt” Kirwan, the former University System of Maryland chancellor stated, “I consider this to be a capstone of my professional career." No, Mr. Kirwan, the capstone of your professional career would be to figure out how to fund it realizing that somebody has to pay for it. And how will the funds be spent in a detailed financial plan? Where does $4 billion a year come from? Where is the plan other than speculation?

Reminds me of the old Miss America contest where the contestant would say, “I want to end poverty in the world,” and everybody clapped and cheered. But if you asked her how, she could only say, “I don’t know.” But it sounds good! And when the tax increases on Maryland residents go into effect to pay for it, then let’s hear the cheers and clapping.

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No, Mr. Kirwan, you get off easy not worrying about the funding. Enjoy your capstone while it lasts.

Stas Chrzanowski, Baltimore

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