5 public hearings scheduled for Monday on Maryland's system of school financing

Focus of task force is reducing inequities

September 05, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The task force studying Maryland's system of school financing will hold public hearings next week to gather testimony about its work.

The Commission on Education Finance, Equity and Excellence, known as the Thornton Commission, is attempting to reduce inequities among the state's 24 school districts and ensure that all have enough money to meet state student achievement standards. It is expected to issue a report to Gov. Parris N. Glendening and the General Assembly in the fall.

Regional hearings will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at:

City College auditorium, 3220 The Alameda in Baltimore.

Easton High School cafeteria, 723 Mecklenberg Ave. in Easton.

Urbana High School auditorium, 3471 Campus Drive in Ijamsville.

Allegany College of Maryland College Center Auditorium, 12401 Willow Brook Road Southeast, Cumbreland.

Surrattsville High School cafeteria, 6101 Garden Drive in Clinton.

The commission has placed suggested questions for speakers on its Web site: mlis.state.md.us/ other/education.

Speakers are encouraged to sign up in advance by calling Kim Wilson or Sue Penix at 410-946-5530 or 301-970-5530. Sign-up sheets will be available at hearing sites by 6 p.m. Monday

Speakers may be limited to five minutes each and are asked to submit at least 15 copies of written testimony to the commission's staff no later than 6:30 p.m. the day of the hearings.

Written testimony also may be sent to Alvin Thornton, Commission on Education Finance, Equity and Excellence, Room 214, Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle, Annapolis 21401, or sent by e-mail to Education_Commission@mlis.state.md.us.

The commission also has scheduled a hearing to gather public reaction after it issues the first draft of its report next month. The hearing will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Joint Hearing Room of the Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle in Annapolis.

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