A task force deciding how to pay for billions of dollars in recommendations to boost Maryland’s public schools will make its final decision Oct. 15 on how much the state’s various counties would have to pay for the improvements.
Kirwan emphasized the public nature of the decision because the work group voted last week to meet behind closed doors. That sparked objections from some who argued the body was being too secretive.
The so-called Kirwan Commission has recommended free, full-day prekindergarten for low-income 3- and 4-year olds, raising standards so all students are ready for college or a career upon graduating high school, and establishing a strong accountability system to oversee its recommendations.
Those recommendations would cost about $3.8 billion annually when phased in after 10 years.
The work group is tasked with creating formulas to determine how much individual counties will pay and how much the state will pay. It will not recommend specific ways to raise revenue.