[photo, Legislative Services Building (view from Lawyers Mall), Annapolis, Maryland] William E. (Brit) Kirwan, Ph.D., Chair (chosen by Governor, Senate President & House Speaker)

Appointed by Governor: Scott E. Dorsey; David M. Steiner, Ph.D.

Appointed by Senate President: Bill Ferguson; Nancy J. King; William E. (Brit) Kirwan, Ph.D.; Paul G. Pinsky; Ronald N. Young.

Appointed by House Speaker: Kalman R. Hettleman; Adrienne A. Jones; Anne R. Kaiser; Maggie McIntosh; Alonzo T. Washington.

Appointed by State Superintendent of Schools: Margaret E. Williams

Legislative Services Building (from Lawyers Mall), Annapolis, Maryland, August 2010. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

Appointed by President, State Board of Education: Chester E. Finn, Jr., Ed.D.

Appointed by Executive Director, Maryland State Education Association: David E. Helfman

Appointed by President, Baltimore Teachers Union: Morgan Showalter

Appointed by Maryland Association of Boards of Education: M. Joy Schaefer

Appointed by Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland: Karen M. Couch, Ed.D.

Appointed by Association of School Business Officials: Leslie R. Pellegrino

Appointed by Maryland PTA: Elizabeth Ysla Leight

Appointed by Executive Director, Maryland Association of Counties: Craig L. Rice; William R. Valentine.

Ex officio: David R. Brinkley, Secretary of Budget & Management; Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D., State Superintendent of Schools; Robert L. Caret, Ph.D., Chancellor, University System of Maryland.

Staff: Rachel H. Hise; Erika S. Schissler.

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Preliminary Report to Governor, Senate Budget & Taxation Committee, Senate Education, Health, & Environmental Affairs Committee, House Appropriations Committee, & House Ways & Means Committee due Dec. 31, 2016 (Chapter 702, Acts of 2016).

Final Report to Governor, Senate Budget & Taxation Committee, Senate Education, Health, & Environmental Affairs Committee, House Appropriations Committee, & House Ways & Means Committee due Dec. 31, 2018 (Chapter 702, Acts of 2016; Chapter 361, Acts of 2018).

In June 2016, the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education formed (Chapter 702, Acts of 2016), and held its first meeting in September 2016.

The Commission reviewed and assessed current education financing formulas and accountability measures, and how each local school system was spending its funds, including the increased State funds provided through the Bridge to Excellence in Public Schools Act (Chapter 288, Acts of 2002). Moreover, the Commission reviewed the Study on Adequacy of Funding for Education in the State of Maryland, required by the Bridge to Excellence in Public Schools Act. That study was to be released in December 2016. Further, the Commission considered how the federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (P. L. 114-95) affects primary and secondary education in Maryland, and how best to prepare students to compete in the workforce and the global economy.

Based on its review and assessment, the Commission made recommendations for legislative and policy initiatives to increase the availability of innovative educational opportunities, and make adequate and equitable the funding for State public education.

Authorization for the Commission ends May 31, 2019 (Chapter 361, Acts of 2018).

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