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How lawmakers can strengthen schools

William E. "Brit" Kirwan, chair of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, explains the Kirwan Commissions recommendations for Maryland's public schools. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun video)

Strong schools benefit children and their families by providing programs and courses that meet the needs of all students, whether they be academic or technical. Teachers profit when they begin their careers properly educated and when there is continued support in the important work they do. Employers reap in both dollars and time saved when applicants appear ready to work. And our society benefits overall when its members feel strong and successful.

Today, reaching these goals is a real probability.

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The “lock box” legislation, Senate Bill 1122, sets a formula for the dispersion of casino monies and assures that this money does not replace existing or future funding for education (“Maryland lawmakers approve budget, turn to remaining issues,” March 28).

Further, the Kirwan Commission’s hard work sets forth appropriate spending categories (House Bill 1415) which will bring Maryland’s schools up to first class status.

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We ask you to endorse the lock box legislation and the Kirwan Commission legislation. Our children deserve no less!

Barbara Rachur, Idlewylde

The letter is also signed by David Ware, Rector of The Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore, as well as Muriel Berkeley, Lee Bone, William Bone, Lee Pierce, Tim Pierce and Mary C. Savage.

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