TOO ABOUT THE LAWS, INTENTIONS AND HIS FUTURE. WHAT WE CAN DO NOW IS CLOSE THE PERFORMANCE GAPS DUE TO THESE RESOURCES. AN OPEN TALK WITH DR. WILLIAM RICK KERWIN AND HIS MONTGOMERY COUNTY HOME ABOUT HIS FAVORITE SUBJECT, EDUCATION. NO STATE HAS EVER ATTEMPTED TO DO ANYTHING LIKE WE HAVE DONE IN MARYLAND AND IT IS SOMETHING WE SHOULD ALL BE VERY PROUD OF. LEGISLATORS GAVE THE GREEN LIGHT TO THE EDUCATION SPENDING PLAN AT A TIME WHERE SCHOOLS WERE FORCED TO CLOSURE. HOW HAS COVID AFFECTED THE BUILDING PLAN? WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT THE PLAN IS THAT AMONG THE MANY ELEMENTS OF THE ACT IS A MAJOR INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION. SO SCHOOLS NOW HAVE THE MEANS TO HIRE TUTORS TO WORK WITH CHILDREN AND HELP THEM OVERCOME THE DEFICIT THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED. THE EDUCATIONAL PLAN ALSO PUT DOLLARS AWAY TO HIRE TEACHERS AND PREPARE FOR SUCCESS. I KNOW THAT WE HAVE A DEFICIENCY NOW. WE HAVE TO TREAT OURSELVES FROM SEVERAL YEARS OF THIS. BUT FOR TWO OR THREE YEARS. BUT BELIEVE ME MARYLAND, IF WE JUST HAVE TO BE A BIT PATIENT WE WILL FIX THIS LESSON. SPECIAL EDUCATION, POVERTY AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ARE AMONG THE PRIORITIES LISTED IN THE EDUCATION ACT. IT IS LEGISLATION THAT PROMISES DIRECT FUNDING IN ADDITION TO ACADEMIC PROGRESS. I THINK WHAT PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT IT IS NOT JUST A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF MONEY INVESTED. THERE IS REAL ACCOUNTABILITY, REAL ACCOUNTABILITY IN IMPLEMENTATION AND RESULTS THROUGH THIS ACCOUNTABILITY AND IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE. DOES CURBING EXPECT CHANGES WITH THE NEW ADMINISTRATION? AND WHAT DOES THE NEW GOVERNOR-ELECT MAKE OF THIS? I HAVE TALKED TO HIM SEVERAL TIMES ABOUT THE BLUE LANGUAGE AND WHAT A HIGH PRIORITY IT IS AND I’VE EVEN BEEN IN MEETINGS WHERE I HEARED HIM TALKING AND HE POINTED HIS FINGER AT ME AND SAID WE MAKE YOU VERY PROUD OF THIS ONE BLUEPRINT PRIDE THAT’S PERSONAL FOR THIS VETERAN PARENT. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I HAVE EVER WORKED ON IN MY CAREER. AND I AM HUGE PROUD OF THE WORK THAT WAS DONE TO CREATE THE BLUE. WE WILL HAVE A STATE WITH A MUCH HIGHER QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL AND MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TI
Kirwan Education Act could help students recover from COVID-19 learning losses
The man behind Maryland’s Education Funding Act states his intention, hopeful for his future
The man behind Maryland’s bill to spend billions of dollars a year to improve public education explains the intent and future of the law because this law is called the Kirwan Commission, named in part for its chairman, William “Brit” Kirwan. “What we can do now is close the performance gaps because of these resources,” Kirwan said. “No state has ever attempted to do anything like we did in Maryland, and of that we should all be very proud.” Legislators overruled the governor’s veto and approved the education spending plan in 2021 at a time , as schools were forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic.| RELATED: Kirwan Education Act becomes law after lawmakers override veto So schools now have resources to hire tutors to work with children and help them overcome the (learning) deficit they are experiencing Education plan also provides funds to hire teachers and prepare them for success. “I know we’re having a (teacher) shortage right now, we’re going to have to deal with this for a few more years, two or three years, but believe me Maryland, we’re going to have to be patient for a little bit, but we’re going to bring this one.” Teaching thing fine,” Kirwan said track academic progress.”I think what people need to understand is that it’s not just a significant amount of money invested,” Kirwan said.Following the November election, Kirwan spoke about whether there would be any legislative changes under the new government To be expected it is, and I’ve even been in sessions where I’ve heard him speak and he’s pointing at me and saying, ‘We w will make you very proud of this blueprint,’” Kirwan said. It’s proud, who personally is the veteran educator. “This is the most important thing I’ve ever worked on in my career and I’m just immensely proud of the work that went into creating the design,” said Kirwan.
The man behind the draft Maryland bill to spend billions of dollars a year to improve public education explains the bill’s intent and its future.
The money is tied to a state law called the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, and the group responsible for laying the groundwork for that law is called the Kirwan Commission, named in part for its chairman, William “Brit” Kirwan.
“What we can do now is close the performance gaps because of these resources,” Kirwan said. “No state has ever attempted to do anything we did in Maryland and we should all be very proud of that.”
Lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto and approved the education spending plan in 2021 at a time when schools were being forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
| TIED TOGETHER: Kirwan Education Act becomes law after legislature overrides veto
When asked how COVID-19 has affected the blueprint, Kirwan told 11 News, “What’s great about the blueprint is that – among the many elements of the bill – there is a huge investment in tutoring. So schools now have resources that they can bring in tutors to work with children, to help them overcome the (learning) deficit they are experiencing.”
The education plan also provides funds to hire teachers and prepare them for success.
“I know we have a (teacher) shortage right now. We’re going to have to deal with this for a few years, two or three years, but believe me Maryland, we’re going to have to be a little patient, but we’ll fix this lesson,” Kirwan said.
| TIED TOGETHER: Education leaders in Maryland seek long-term solution to teacher shortage
Special education, poverty alleviation and mental health services are among the priorities listed in the Education Act. It’s legislation that also promises to track funding alongside academic progress.
“I think what people need to understand is that it’s not just a significant amount of money invested. There is real accountability for implementation and results by the accountability or implementation body,” Kirwan said.
After the November elections, Kirwan spoke about whether changes to the law could be expected under the new government.
“I’ve heard (Governor-elect Wes Moore) speak several times about the blueprint and its high priority, and I’ve even been in meetings where I heard him speak and he’d point to me and say, ‘We’ll be very proud of you make this design,” Kirwan said.
It is the personal pride of the experienced educator.
“This is the most important thing I’ve ever worked on in my career and I’m just immensely proud of the work that went into creating the design,” said Kirwan.
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