Kirwan 2020: Race & Wealth Equity in Maryland Schools

December 17, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
@ 7:30 pm

Children in Maryland have a constitution right to an excellent education. The 2020 Maryland legislative session is less than a month away and one of the biggest issues will be Kirwan. Join us on Tuesday, December 17, to meet with other statewide advocates to discuss how we can work together to advocate for Maryland’s children. The time is now to center race and wealth equity in Maryland education. Let's get this right!

Statewide Advocates Meeting

When: Tuesday, December 17, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Where: The Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Pl, Room 100, Columbia, MD 21045

Dinner will be provided


The Kirwan Commission has finalized its recommendations to overhaul education policies and the funding formula for all Maryland school districts. These recommendations will be drafted into a bill for the Maryland legislature to debate this session starting in January 2020. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Maryland to get education right — especially for children who are Black and Brown, need special education services, and immigrant students.
Nearly 20 year ago, the state’s “Thornton” Commission’s work and the subsequent “Thornton” education funding law, which passed in 2002, failed to deliver an excellent education to marginalized students. Failure cannot persist. The right strategies, committed and culturally astute staff at every level, and intentional structures for support will ensure the change we seek. Our students and their families have a constitutional right to an excellent education and we must work to ensure that the Kirwan bill centers race and wealth equity.

Please RSVP or for questions, contact Frank Patinella at 443.540.2771 or