366 articles

Telstar principal hopes for community help in Bethel area
Oct 14, 2:57 PM:

Incoming leader for Telstar Middle School (ME) wants more parental and community involvement, saying he hopes it'll help boost student test scores. Clark Rafford also says system has to embrace change and take chances.

York County schools mixed in yearly tests
Oct 5, 2:50 PM:

York Co. teachers pleased that ME will be applying for NCLB waiver. Sure 100% proficiency is unrealistic, but doesn't mean entire law is bad. Waiver shouldn't be excuse to ignore underserved subgroups of students NCLB >

Oxford Hills School District strives to educate homeless students
Sep 22, 12:59 PM:

Focus on complexity of meeting educational needs of students who are homeless in ME. Liaisons for children who are unsheltered are spelled on in NCLB and each child has a rate to remain in their school of origin. Success >

National recognition for Eliot Elementary
Sep 16, 10:10 AM:

2 ME schools awarded US Ed Dept Blue Ribbon for overall excellence and narrowing achievement gap. "Thrilled" Eliot Elementary principal says arts, wellness and respectful community helps kids succeed. Individual approach >

New magnet school welcomes first students
Sep 15, 11:02 AM:

Kids at ME magnet school are as likely to be overseeing fields as sitting in traditional classroom. Following closure of school for at-risk kids, it continues to offer alternative, hands-on learning approach on same >

New magnet school welcomes first students
Sep 7, 5:48 AM:

New ME natural sciences magnet school revives 100-year-old tradition of serving at-risk students. Small school's hands-on outdoor lessons engage kids who've struggled in traditional classrooms. It's likely to apply for >

Bowen: Teachers’ task ‘largely impossible’
Aug 31, 8:58 AM:

ME commissioner says teachers are working with "antiquated" education system designed for a very different world. In the past, students were left behind if they couldn't keep up. Prevailing belief was that only a select >

Only 10 transfer to Hussey
Aug 30, 9:13 AM:

Parents of only 6 students request transfer to Hussey Elementary, ME, after 3 other Augusta schools failed AYP. Hussey, the only school to meet NCLB benchmarks, will add new kindergarten class. Federal law requires >

Science and technology charter school proposed for greater Portland
Aug 24, 8:55 AM:

First charter plans to open in Portland next year, after Gov signed new charter law. Small high school will focus on STEM subjects, with prospective students required to write admission essay. They'll apply soon after >

Elementary choice for parents looms
Aug 23, 8:30 AM:

Transfer option for Augusta, ME, kids after 3 elementaries failed to meet NCLB standards. Parents have 1 week to decide whether to switch to Hussey, the only school to make adequate progress. School choice hasn't been >

Maine will request waiver to No Child Left Behind law
Aug 19, 8:45 AM:

Ed officials in ME will seek NCLB waiver. Plan to use multiple assessments of students (over time, performance assessments, in the arts).  Using testing for diagnostic purposes critical, according to head of New England >

Our View: States should get relief on 'No Child' deadlines
Aug 16, 12:52 PM:

Three years to go for schools to reach NCLB's 100 percent proficiency target. Duncan has called law a "slow-moving train wreck," but Congress hasn't been quick to act. Law is not without strengths, editorial says, >

School officials fear last-minute changes
Aug 12, 11:46 AM:

Parents of 3 underperforming ME elementaries given transfer option -- but only 1 city elementary has met NCLB standards. Concerns that Hussey, the district's smallest school, will struggle to cope with last-minute  >

Maine studies 5-year high school program
Aug 2, 5:10 AM:

ME considers an extra year of high school for students. Final year would serve as a bridge between high school and college, allowing students to earn credits toward an associate or bachelor's degree. Particularly >

A rough start, some promise and a needs improvement
Aug 1, 11:27 AM:

Columnist hopeful about ME governor's education plan. Focuses include charters, career and technical education and improved revenue sharing. Worried, though, that political realities will make it difficult to enact those >

Panel to study more college courses in high school
Jul 27, 12:36 PM:

ME Gov LePage sets up task force to look at how high school students earn postsecondary/university credits and recommend policies to expand these opportunities. Among the options, the 5-year high school plan. Good >

Property wealth, wages and enrollment should drive education funding fix
Jul 11, 1:29 PM:

Editorial urges ME to re-think ed funding formula, explaining how more money for rural districts hurts urban ones. Detailed explanation of complex subject, highlighting unfairness in distribution. Well thought-out >

Charter schools history a boon for our program
Jun 30, 6:43 AM:

Editorial considers potential benefits of new charter law. Schools can try new ideas and learn from 40 states' experience. Corrects common misconceptions and argues convincingly that one-size-fits-all approach doesn't >

Charter school law a chance to try new things
Jun 30, 6:38 AM:

Thoughtful reflection by Press Herald as ME approves charter legislation for first time. Makes insightful observation that state has unique opportunity to learn from successes and failures of charters elsewhere. Gently >

Bill to allow Maine’s first charter schools approved
Jun 29, 6:46 AM:

41st state waiting only for Gov's signature to enact charter law. Opts for cautious approach with 10-year, 10-school pilot, limited enrollment. Good outline of bill, but unanswered questions about funding and how much >



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