COMMISSION ON EDUCATION FINANCE, EQUITY, & EXCELLENCE

Alvin Thornton, Ph.D., Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Joseph F. Anderson III; Beatrice B. Gordon; Anntoinette M. Hatton; Francine D. Hawkins, Ph.D.; Lorretta Johnson; Raymond G. LaPlaca, Esq.; William T. Middleton III; Elizabeth K. Moyer; Carolyn Y. Perkins; Marilyn J. Praisner; Walter Sondheim, Jr.; G. William Troxler, Ed.D.; John F. Wagoner.

Appointed by Senate President: Michael J. Collins; Gloria G. Lawlah; Christopher J. McCabe; Robert R. Neall.

Appointed by House Speaker: Norman H. Conway; Jean B. Cryor; Sheila E. Hixson; Howard P. Rawlings.

Ex officio: Barbara A. Hoffman, designee of Senate President; Carolyn J. B. Howard, designee of House Speaker; T. Eloise Foster, Secretary of Budget & Management; Nancy S. Grasmick, Ph.D., State Superintendent of Schools; Donald N. Langenberg, Ph.D., Chancellor, University System of Maryland.

Staff: Kathleen M. Boucher; Mark W. Collins; Heidi E. Dudderar; Rachel H. Hise.

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In October 1999, the Commission on Education Finance, Equity, and Excellence was created to review current financing, formulas and accountability measures for education (Chapter 601, Acts of 1999). The Commission recommended ways to ensure statewide the adequacy and equity of funding for students in public schools, including those in early childhood education, as well as excellence in school systems and student performance. Because current educational funding initiatives expire at the end of FY2003, the Commission also was charged with determining whether to continue current formulas, supplement them with targeted grants, and otherwise provide for a smooth transition.

On January 3, 2000, the Commission submitted its preliminary report to the Governor and General Assembly. An interim report followed on December 15, 2000, and the final report on January 18, 2002.

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