Maryland spends plenty of money on education and Kirwan plan to spend more is the wrong strategy

Originally published in the Baltimore Sun

When you’re peddling snake oil, the sales pitch is likely to involve a little misdirection if not outright disinformation. So it is with the latest bad medicine for what ails Maryland’s schools, popularly known as the Kirwan Commission plan.

Consider the marketing strategy of a leading Kirwan pitchman, rookie state Senate President Bill Ferguson. Now that local officials and taxpayers are paying attention to Kirwan’s crushing costs — $32 billion over 10 years, by the commission’s own optimistic estimates — they’re getting cold feet.


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