|As many may be aware, the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (commonly known as the Kirwan Commission) has delayed their final recommendations until later in 2019. While this is a set-back to a long overdue adjustment of our state’s school funding formulas, we are hopeful that the Commissioners will take additional time to work on adequately addressing racial equity in their final recommendations. Family League supports the findings of Dr. Ivory Toldson, who has been working with the Commission to pursuing its work through a racial equity lens.
There is still much work to be done in this regard. We are working closely with our legislative allies to address undercounting of immigrant students in our schools, and to strengthen and support a statewide definition of Community Schools.
In the meantime, the Kirwan Commission has also released a set of preliminary recommendations which will most likely turn into legislation in the coming weeks. Much of our education advocacy is rooted in our work in the Community Schools Steering Committee, the Maryland for Community Schools coalition, and the Coalition to Reform School Discipline. Stay tuned-in to our policy newsletter to get more updates as other bills arise this Session.