School Funding Commission Meets Monday


National experts on state education systems are scheduled to make presentations to the state commission examining state funding and standards for the Maryland public schools Monday afternoon in the House Appropriations Committee hearing room in Annapolis.

Known as the Kirwan Commission because it is chaired by former University System Chancellor Brit Kirwan, the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education held its first meeting Sept. 29 and heard an overview of education policy and statistics from State School Superintendent Karen Salmon. She focused on changes in Maryland public schools since 2002, when the massive increase in state aid began from the recommendations of the Thornton Commission. Major changes are the 169% increase in Hispanic students and the 45% increase in the number of disadvantaged students.