Tag Archives: education

Daily Brief: LePage bullish on winning public opinion for his budget

Greetings from the state capital, where lawmakers are weighing whether to delay implementation of new teacher evaluations. Schools are supposed to being using new a teacher evaluation system in the 2015-2016 school year, which begins in July. Rep. Brian Hubbell, D-Bar Harbor, serves on the Education Committee and has proposed a bill, LD 38, to […]

Roundup: Medicaid expansion vote tabled at committee, Rier gets thumbs up to lead education

The Legislature’s Health and Human Services committee tabled a much-anticipated vote on Medicaid expansion Wednesday morning after less than half an hour of conversation. On Wednesday afternoon, committee member Rep. Deborah Sanderson, R-Chelsea, said the committee was awaiting fiscal projections by the state’s Office of Fiscal and Program Review. She also said it’s possible a […]

Would-be virtual charter school operator invites families to informational sessions

Families interested in sending their children to a virtual public charter school in Maine are invited to informational sessions being held this week by one of the organizations vying to become Maine’s first online schools. Maine Connections Academy, which plans to submit an application with the Maine Charter School Commission, kicks off its road show […]

New SAT data shows more than half of high school juniors still testing below grade level

Maine students’ performance on the SAT improved slightly last year in areas that count in the Maine Department of Education’s ranking of high schools, namely math and reading, though students lost ground from the previous year in science and writing. All in all, the new scores show that more than half of Maine’s third-year high […]

Who will LePage appoint to be Maine’s next Education Commissioner?

With the news that Stephen Bowen is resigning from his post as Gov. Paul LePage’s education chief to take a job with the national Council of Chief State School Officers, the big question is: Who will replace him? The Education Commissioner post is one that’s traditionally gone to former school superintendents. Bowen was an exception to […]