Maryland's K12 Public School Compensation Transparency

Case studies of the dismal politics, policy, and practice of
K12 compensation transparency in Maryland


The Kirwan Commission, appointed in 2016, is charged with charged with making recommendations, including K12 compensation recommendations, to make Maryland schools comparable to the best in the world.


Broadwater, Luke, Larry Hogan is using an old playbook to attack a plan to transform Maryland Schools, Baltimore Sun, Nov. 8, 2019.

Baltimore Sun Staff, Maryland teachers are fleeing the profession, Baltimore Sun, September 3, 2019. “Under the recommendations, Maryland teachers would earn more too, with increases that would bring the starting salary to $60,000 a year within three years. The average current starting salary in the state is about $45,000.”

Lumpkin, Laura, Thousands of Maryland teachers rally for education funding in Annapolis, Capital, March 11, 2019.

Editorial, Maryland still has no idea how to fix its public schools, Washington Post, March 9, 2019.

Lumpkin, Laura, Anne Arundel could be rewarded for meeting Kirwan goals ahead of time, Senate bill says, Capital, March 6, 2019.

Bowie, Liz, In Annapolis, Kirwan Commission head sounds alarm, Baltimore Sun, March 5, 2019.

Bowie, Liz, and Michael Dresser, Maryland state and local governments urged to increase school funding by $2.6 billion, The Baltimore Sun, December 2016.

Maryland Struggles To Retain Young, Qualified Teachers, CBS Local, December 9, 2016. “Nearly half of new teachers who have completed between one to two years of teaching will have left the field by the beginning of the third full year, according to data from the Maryland State Department of Education’s 2014-2015 teacher and principal effectiveness ratings.”


Walters, Stephen, Maryland spends plenty of money on education and Kirwan plan to spend more is the wrong strategy, Baltimore Sun, Feb. 12, 2020.

Kilmer, Marc, Media Misses the Mark on Kirwan Commission, Maryland Public Policy Institute, December 10, 2019.

Walters, Stephen, Other states take Maryland to school, Frederick News-Post, November 23, 2019.

Walters, Stephen, Kirwan Backers Earn ‘F’ in Math, Maryland Public Policy Institute, November 5, 2019.

Walters, Stephen, On education, a tale of two states, Washington Examiner, October 30, 2019.

Mossburg, Marta Hummel, Higher school spending doesn’t equal higher achievement, Daily Record, March 14, 2019.

Shuls, James V., More misguided spending will not fix Maryland schools, Baltimore Sun, June 24, 2018.

Hornbeck, David, and Alvin Thornton, Education status quo unacceptable in Maryland, Baltimore Sun, June 12, 2018.


An Analysis of the Kirwan Commission Recommendations, Maryland Public Policy Institute, June 2018.

Maryland Commission on Innovation & Excellence in Education (“Kirwan Commission”) Preliminary Report, Kirwan Commission, January 2018.

Desiree Carver-Thomas and Linda Darling-Hammond, Teacher Turnover: Why It Matters and What We Can Do About It, Learning Policy Institute, August 2017.

Janulus, Erin, Is there a Teacher Shortage In Maryland? Examining Trends in Supply and Demand, University of Maryland, May 2017.