Delegation meets with School Board
By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer
The Washington County Board of Education reinforced its quest to bring more state education funding to the county and discussed the pros and cons of full-day kindergarten Monday morning at a meeting with the Washington County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly.
The board reviewed findings in a draft of the 2000 interim report issued by the Commission on Education Finance, Equity and Excellence, a group formed to review education financing formulas and accountability and make recommendations on how state funding should be improved.
Included in the report are recommended costs for implementing full-day kindergarten, increases in state special education funding and transportation.
Board Vice President Doris Nipps said the School Board has not taken an official position on whether full-day kindergarten is a good idea and has concerns about how the program would be funded.
She said there's talk that Gov. Parris Glendening eventually could mandate the program in the state. While the commission backs a state mandate, it also believes it should be phased in over a four-year period.