- Maine lawmakers again try to raise teacher pay but questions remain about who will pay for it
- > Mar 5, 8:24 AM: Mills included an extra $10 million in her budget to boost starting teacher pay to $40,000 a year. At the same time, state lawmakers are considering several separate measures of their own, which they say could help solve the state’s
- Four groups intend to apply for last charter school slot in Maine
- Feb 13, 6:17 AM: Four groups plan to apply for the last charter school slot available in Maine, state officials said Tuesday.
- Opinion: Don’t close the book on virtual charter schools
- > Feb 8, 8:20 AM: State Representative Michael Brennan of Portland recently introduced a pair of bills concerning the future of virtual schooling in Maine. One of these bills, LD 513 proposes to cap enrollment at Maine’s virtual charter
- Mills nominates Brunswick school administrator to be Maine’s education chief
- Dec 27, 6:20 AM: Pender Makin, a former Maine Principal of the Year, promises a shift in priorities and vows to support public school teachers, administrators and students.
- What if personalized learning was less about me and more about us?
- > Dec 26, 9:28 AM: The project typifies the mix of personalized and social learning that has been a mainstay for 25 years at King, a founding member of a school network called EL Education. The network sets these schools apart from a more recent wave
- A Maine district wants to have kids do schoolwork on snow days. But the state won’t let them.
- > Dec 13, 6:47 AM: Due to restrictions from the Maine Department of Education, school administrators in the Camden-Rockport area likely will not be able to try replacing two snow days with “remote school days” until the end of the winter, if at all
- Maine’s first virtual charter school gets 5-year renewal
- > Nov 7, 8:19 AM: The Maine Charter School Commission unanimously approved a five-year charter renewal for Maine’s first virtual charter school on Tuesday, but denied the school’s request to expand into additional grades and lift its enrollment
- Maine’s first virtual charter school up for state renewal
- Nov 6, 7:13 AM: Maine Connections Academy, which serves 429 students, wants to expand its enrollment cap and add two new grades, subject to approval by the state charter school commission.
- Maine’s first virtual charter school up for state renewal
- > Nov 5, 7:01 AM: Maine’s first virtual charter school is undergoing its first comprehensive evaluation as it seeks to renew its state charter, five years after it launched amid concerns around local schools’ independence from national companies
- Snow days in Maine could soon be a thing of the past
- > Oct 25, 5:49 AM: School officials in the Five Town Community School District and School Administration District 28, a combined district in Knox County that shares a central administration, are putting forth a pilot project this year that will
- Court rules Arundel students have choice to attend TAMS
- > Oct 12, 5:12 AM: Middle school students who live in Arundel will have the choice to attend Thornton Academy Middle School at the expense of RSU 21 after a York County Superior Court judge ruled in a lawsuit filed over two years ago by a group of
- Opinion: Maine is wrong to withhold tuition from parents who send kids to religious schools
It is time for Maine to correct a nearly 40-year-old mistake and allow parents to once again use public tuition dollars at any qualified school.
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- Families’ lawsuit challenges Maine law against public funding for religious schools
- Aug 22, 4:43 AM: Three families are suing the commissioner of the Maine Department of Education over the state law that bars tuition reimbursements for religious schools.
- Skowhegan downtown charter school pays off town loans, applies for another
- Aug 15, 5:19 AM: Travis Works, executive director of the Cornville Regional Charter School, said the town's revolving loan for $100,000 has been paid in full, just in time for him to apply for another $100,000 from the revolving loan fund.
- Risk-taking motivates Portland charter school's new leader
- Aug 7, 5:03 AM: Showing what STEM-focused education can become is a key goal for Angela Atkinson Duina, the new principal of faculty and instruction at the Baxter Academy for Technology and Science.
- When a rural Maine school closes, it’s more than just students who are affected
- > Jul 13, 5:52 AM: As Maine’s population has grown older, the number of school-aged children has declined, forcing some communities to close schools that have been social anchors for years. One recent school closure may serve to reflect the challenges
- Maine Girls’ Academy says it’s $250,000 in debt but supporters still aim to keep it open
- > Jul 11, 5:13 AM: Maine Girls’ Academy officials told supporters that the recently closed school is $250,000 in debt and any effort to reopen it would be “starting from scratch,” according to supporters who met with school officials at a private
- Legislators vote to eliminate Maine’s mandate for proficiency-based education
- > Jun 28, 6:58 AM: Six years after Maine became one of the first few states to adopt new high school graduation standards, lawmakers are poised to roll back those requirements by allowing school districts to decide whether to issue proficiency-based
- Challenges facing rural schools addressed at Waterville conference
The increasing growth of racially and ethnically diverse populations in rural places in Maine and beyond will keep these communities and their schools growing and thriving for decades to come. That growth also presents a danger of >
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- Changing demographics seen urgent threat to rural schools
- > Jun 28, 4:42 AM: Bates College professor Mara Tieken told a conference Wednesday that the increasing growth of racially and ethnically diverse populations in rural places in Maine and beyond will keep these communities and their schools growing and