Maryland panel recommends billions in new school spending
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland commission is recommending the state increase spending on K-12 education by an estimated $4.4 billion a year about a decade from now.
The panel known as the Kirwan Commission released the estimated costs at a meeting Thursday in Annapolis. It will make final recommendations to the Maryland General Assembly in a final report by the end of the year.
The recommended increases would begin in the next fiscal year, when they would total about $807 million. They go up each year for a decade.
The increases are in four main areas. They include early childhood education such as pre-K programs, teacher pay, college and career readiness and additional resources for at-risk students.
Lawmakers will be considering the recommendations in the legislative session that begins in January.