While the “latest numbers came as Democratic legislators combed through Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s budget, looking for cuts and trying to free money for a new $1 billion proposal to boost funding over the next two years to pay for the recommendations of a commission studying how to improve Maryland’s public schools,” there’s never any mention that, in the most recent available figures from 2013, that the cost to Maryland school’s for undocumented children was $1.6 billion (“In Annapolis, Kirwan commission head sounds alarm about need to increase Maryland public school funding,” March 5).
That was in 2013, so one could suppose it would be around $2 billion-plus today. I’m not suggesting there shouldn’t be some cost, but Maryland taxpayers should be made aware of this expense which would easily pay for the Kirwan Commission’s recommendations.
Richard T. Webb, Parkton