Advocacy

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#ANCCOMMUNITYCONNECT Advisory Neighborhood Community (ANC) News You Can Use from Council Member At-Large Mel Franklin

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Amendments Being Made to the Historic Kirwan Commission State Education Funding Bill

From the publication Maryland Matters: An education reform bill is on a fast-track to passage in the House of Delegates after key subcommittees voted Tuesday in favor of an amended bill ― which slashes county spending obligations.

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Their most significant change is an adjustment to proposed education funding formulas that would dramatically reduce the local funding obligations for Baltimore City and Prince George’s County, two jurisdictions that would have been hardest hit by modifications to Maryland’s education funding formula proposed by the Kirwan Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education. Fifteen other counties also would see a reduction in their obligations as a result of the formula changes. Overall, county education spending in the 2030 fiscal year would increase over current levels by about $859.5 million, compared to an earlier calculation of $1.3 billion.

State funding for education would increase by about $2.96 billion annually by 2030 under the amended formula. That represents a $369 million annual increase over previous estimates.

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Full story: https://www.marylandmatters.org/2020/03/04/with-funding-amendments-education-reform-on-fast-track-in-house/

**Join us next week for a full discussion on this important issue**

The Proposed State Blueprint for Maryland’s Future: The Historic New State Education Funding Proposal and What It Means to You – March 10th ANC Meeting

Event details: Right now, pending before your General Assembly in Annapolis, is the proposed “Blueprint for Maryland’s Future,” a nearly $4 billion proposal for increased annual education funding for public schools statewide, proposed by the Kirwan Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (House Bill 1300/Senate Bill 1000). Join us for a discussion on March 10th at the Southern Gateway ANC Meeting at Oxon Hill Library and let’s discuss how this proposal might affect you. Will it lead to higher achievement in our schools? Could it result in higher taxes for your family?

Please RSVP here: https://forms.gle/JB6pHuKDWveZKnJr8

What: Southern Gateway Advisory Neighborhood Community (ANC) Meeting “The Biggest School Funding Issue of Our Lifetimes”

When: Tuesday, March 10, 7PM-8:30PM

Where: Oxon Hill Library Auditorium, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

The Kirwan Blueprint for Maryland’s Future proposes to invest nearly $4 billion annually in expanding prekindergarten, higher standard and salaries for teachers, enhanced career-prep and college readiness programs, and more programs and resources for low income students and students with high or specialized needs. Here is a recent poll of Marylanders on this subject: https://www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-md-pol-goucher-poll-20200224-7lzzb2yuwvgxth3pgp22hq4euu-story.html

RSVP here: https://forms.gle/JB6pHuKDWveZKnJr8

The Southern Gateway ANC Area includes the Suitland, Greater Temple Hills, and Greater Oxon Hill-Forest Heights (incl. National Harbor) Areas, but the topic of this meeting is countywide in nature. Join us!

-Mel Franklin, Council Member At-Large

Public source: Office of Council Member At-Large Mel Franklin