Monthly Archives: January 2015

Commissioner’s Update – January 29, 2015

Maine DOE Newsroom From the Maine Department of Education The Maine DOE will begin visits next month to provide targeted technical assistance to schools preparing to award proficiency-based diplomas. View original post 614 more words Advertisements

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Millions in public school funds on the line if Maine loses federal education waiver

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff Posted Jan. 28, 2015, at 6:55 p.m. Last modified Jan. 28, 2015, at 7:26 p.m. Terry Farren | BDN Brewer High School student Isaak Gauthier (left) works on a Kindle with class teacher Kevin Napolillo … Continue reading

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All six of Maine’s charter schools have student waiting lists

Contributed photo Gov. Paul LePage greets dozens of Maine Charter School students at the State House in Augusta on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff Posted Jan. 26, 2015, at 5:17 p.m. AUGUSTA, Maine — More than … Continue reading

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Expenses up more than revenue in state K-12 budget proposal

The governor’s proposed biennial budget targets new funding for some key K-12 initiatives, including teacher evaluations and help for struggling schools, but also puts more burden on local property taxpayers because costs are going up higher than increases in state … Continue reading

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LePage’s ridiculous corporate tax giveaway will face legislative scrutiny

By Mike Tipping Yesterday, the Maine Legislature referred the tax conformity package proposed by Governor LePage to both the Appropriations and Taxation committees for further consideration and initial votes. There, it will face its first real scrutiny. As I explained … Continue reading

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LePage proposes under-the-radar corporate tax giveaway

This indefensible idea makes a mockery of the chief executive’s claims of fiscal responsibility. By Mike Tipping Over the past couple of weeks, you’ve probably heard a lot about Gov. LePage and his plans for this legislative session. Perhaps you … Continue reading

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Washington State Democratic Party Committee Votes to Reject Common Core

By djournednthony Cody. The Central Committee of the Washington State Democratic Party has passed a resolution that roundly condemns the Common Core standards. This is the first time a statewide Democratic Party committee has taken a public position against the … Continue reading

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Who Is Profiting From Charters? The Big Bucks Behind Charter School Secrecy, Financial Scandal and Corruption

What we know about the financial incentives offered by charter schools: More than any other single company, K12 has provoked national outrage on both left and right for poor school performance and questionable financial practices. A 2011 report, for example, … Continue reading

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The Reality Tale of Two Education Systems: One for the Poor, and One for the Rest

  New data reveals our public—not private—school system is among the best in the world. By Paul Buchheit / AlterNet – January 11, 2015   In fact, except for the debilitating effects of poverty, our public school system may be … Continue reading

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Report recommending EPS changes now available

The commission charged with recommending changes to the Essential Programs and Services (EPS) funding formula has released its final report, which offers proposals for expanded pre-kindergarten programs, help for economically disadvantaged students, and teacher professional development. The report will now … Continue reading

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