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Kirwin Update: Conversation Should be about Oversight before Spending

As I’ve explained in earlier emails, The Kirwin Commission will be one our biggest issues in the upcoming 2020 Session. One of the least talked about recommendations in the $4 billion per year plan is the implementation of an Independent Oversight Board with authority to develop a comprehensive plan for implementing the Commission’s recommendations and then hold all the State and local institutions and agencies involved in that plan accountable for carrying out their assigned roles. This is one aspect that I fully support and that I believe has been missing from Maryland Education system all along. Before we spend any more money, I would like to see this Board in place to make sure our money is spent for its intended purpose. Governor’s Hogan’s announcement yesterday will address this issue head on as well as take care of state’s infrastructure needs.

Governor Hogan Announces “Innovation Schools” Accountability Initiative, Largest School Construction Plan in State History

Governor Hogan announced a plan this week that includes the Community and Local Accountability for Struggling Schools (CLASS) Act to help quickly and effectively turn around persistently underperforming schools and the Building Opportunity Act, which provides a record $3.8 billion for school construction funding over five years and Largest Investment in School Construction in Maryland History. New funding for this initiative will come casino revenues in the education lockbox, which Governor Hogan pushed for and enacted to ensure that an additional $4.4 billion in funding would go toward K-12 education. Read the full press release here.

Delegate Delegate Krebs Birthday Breakfast & Fundraiser, December 11th

Please join me on Wednesday, December 11th from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the Green Turtle in Westminster to support my colleague and fellow conservative voice in Annapolis, Delegate Susan Krebs. For more information or to support this event, please visit www.SusanKrebs.com