- Public school enrollment down 4% during pandemic. Where did thousands of students go?
- Feb 8, 8:53 AM: Thousands of students have disappeared from Maine's public schools throughout the pandemic, with enrollment dropping nearly four percent since 2020.
- Bradley town officials want to ‘phase out’ school choice due to rising costs
- > Jan 28, 7:02 AM: When a student who is eligible for school choice opts to go outside their district, the town is billed directly for the difference in the cost of education at an RSU 34 school versus the student’s choice. On top of that, the town
- Mt. Ararat High School students to explore learning opportunities outside school
- Jan 25, 7:51 AM: The school is starting a Community Pathways program to help students build relationships with community partners and explore career opportunities.
- Opinion: Freedom of religion, and the press, in the spotlight in Washington
- > Dec 3, 10:48 AM: It is probably time for the Blaine Amendments to be removed from the books. Government cannot discriminate against religion. And as long as dollars are permitted to flow to private schools from a “school choice” town, they should
- Maine’s ban on public funds for religious schools goes before US Supreme Court next week
- Nov 29, 9:25 AM: A case over public funding for religious schools in Maine is expected to reveal the current U.S. Supreme Court’s thinking on the separation of church and state.
- Opinion: School choice is not the problem in Portland
- Oct 11, 11:10 AM: Educators should find out why families are choosing one high school over the other, not take away their ability to choose.
- Op-Ed: Maine tries to ignore a clear Supreme Court ruling on education
- > Oct 8, 9:09 AM: Every once in a while, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling is so clear that even laypeople can understand it. Such was the case last year when, writing for the majority in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, Chief Justice John
- Want school choice? Here’s where to live in Maine to get it
- > Oct 7, 9:00 AM: Today, Maine Policy Institute released a new analysis on the scope of educational options available for Maine families based on residency. Accompanying the report is an interactive map visualization of localities across the state
- Our View: Racial achievement gaps a reality in Maine
- > Sep 28, 8:55 AM: While some people disagree with Chong on the reason why Portland Public Schools students of color and those from low-income families score below better-off white students on standardized tests, no one denies that these gaps exist,
- Enrollment gap between Portland and Deering prompts new look at high school choice
- Sep 23, 8:57 AM: School board members are considering whether to pursue options such as a 3-school lottery in future years to help even out the numbers.
- Pushing for more remote learning options, Maine parents say schoolkids ‘more at-risk now’
- > Sep 9, 2:00 PM: A new school year is underway in Maine, but classes have already been interrupted in many districts. Portland High School closed Tuesday because of two positive COVID-19 cases, and an elementary school in Arundel is moving remote
- Maine parents face tough decision to send students back to school or find virtual option
- Aug 25, 9:47 AM: Families feeling unsafe about their kids returning to in-person learning are finding few alternatives in Maine.
- As schools reopen, state laws and unions resist COVID-19 vaccine mandates
- > Aug 13, 11:46 AM: A growing chorus of public health experts and educators are calling for COVID-19 vaccine mandates for teachers, but several states with high case rates ban such measures, and teachers unions have yet to change their policies
- Maine D.O.E. awards $2 million to remote learning pilot programs
- Aug 5, 12:03 PM: The Maine Department of Education is awarding schools that are creating innovative pilot programs for remote learning.
- Commentary: End discrimination in Maine against religious school families
- Jul 28, 12:07 PM: By barring the use of public funding for religious high schools, the state is violating the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause, says the firm representing three Maine families.
- Maine school leaders say the pandemic taught them valuable lessons
- Jul 19, 1:52 PM: School superintendents say the pandemic taught valuable lessons they will carry forward. And proved the strength and resilience of staff and students alike
- Commentary: Maine legislators out of touch with what teachers and students need
- Jun 9, 5:57 AM: Despite a year of learning from the pandemic, Augusta has stifled education innovation in order to steamroll party orthodoxy.
- Commentary: Maine families deserve school choice, and the pandemic underscores its necessity
- > Jun 9, 5:25 AM: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new light and perspectives to many issues we may never look at the same: politics, science, public health, going out to dinner, even getting our cocktails to-go. Among these is the debate over
- Chances grow that Supreme Court will take up Maine’s ban on religious school funding
- > Jun 3, 7:48 AM: A new federal court opinion in Vermont improves the chances that a Maine case challenging the state’s ban on public funding for religious schools could end up before the nation’s highest court, according to a constitutional law
- Maine’s two virtual charter schools see enrollment increase during pandemic
- Jun 1, 6:37 AM: Both schools report strong interest for the fall, but whether it's temporary because of COVID-19 or becoming more mainstream remains to be seen.