ABOUT THE KIRWAN FUNDS

Summary of data collected from Harford County Public Schools webpage and the Maryland Assocition of Boards of Education 
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Funding – Distributes $255 million in FY 2020 (at the Governor’s discretion) consistent with the funding priorities identified by the Commission and mandates a total of $355 million in FY 2021 to begin to implement the recommendations.

NOTE: The funds are in the form of grants for specific purposes and may not be used to supplant existing resources.

Not to be confused with the Kirwan funds being provided to HCPS, the Board of Education received Additional State Funding for FY2020 as follows:• Anticipated $652,681 • Received $6,230,649

Teacher Salary Incentive Grant Program – This program, administered by MSDE, provides grants to county boards to increase teacher salaries to improve recruitment and retention of high-quality teachers. 

Breakdown of Kirwan funds for HCPS. Six Budget Areas - $8.7 million for FY2020.

Supplemental PreK — HCPS FY2020 -$842 K

Mental Health Services Coordinator – For both FY 2020 and 2021, $83,333 is provided to each local school system to fund the mental health services coordinator that each local school system must appoint pursuant to the Safe to Learn Act of 2018. 

HCPS for Fy2020 - • Mental Health Coordinator - $83 K

Concentration of Poverty Grants – This program provides grants to public schools in which at least 80% of the students were eligible for free and reduced-price meals (FRPM), in accordance with standards for community schools, wrap-around services, and the positions of community school coordinator and full-time professional health care practitioner. HCPS for FY2020 - • Concentration of Poverty - $746 K

Transitional Supplemental Instruction for Struggling Learners Grants – For each of FY 2020 and 2021, the State must distribute to local boards funds totaling $23 million, as allocated by the bill, for the provision of TSI for struggling learners, including  additional academic supports using evidence-based programs as defined in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). TSI includes one-on-one and small-group tutoring with a certified teacher, a teaching assistant, or any other trained professional; cross-age peer tutoring; and screening, identifying, and addressing literacy deficits. Struggling learners are students who perform below grade level in English/language arts or reading in kindergarten through grade 3. HCPS for FY 2020 - • Struggling Learners - $630 K

Teacher Collaborative Grant Program – MSDE, in consultation with the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), to award grants totaling $2.5 million in each of FY 2020 and 2021, to teacher collaboratives to develop model, state-of-the-art, professional development programs for prospective and current teachers. A collaborative must constitute a partnership of at least one local board, one teacher preparation program, and one exclusive employee representative. HCPS for FY2020- • Teacher Salary Grant - $3.5 million

Maryland’s big plan for education reform is still in the beginning stages in many ways – funding formulas and a long-term budgetary plan still need to be finalized – but national education leaders on Thursday hailed it as a “Blueprint for the Nation.” Published in Maryland Matters






















































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