Commissioner’s Update – Feb. 9, 2012

Newsletter image

Click on the image to view the fully formatted Commissioner's Update.

Curious about the legislative proposals unveiled by Gov. LePage on Wednesday?

If passed by the Legislature, they would:

  • make it easier for students to get credit for career and technical education classes at their “sending” high schools and in the Maine Community College System;
  • create a “Schools of Choice” program that allows public schools to open their doors to students interested in attending from other districts;
  • makes private, religious schools that meet rigorous educational standards eligible to enroll publicly funded students;
  • establish an inclusive process for creating standards that define effective teaching, and a timeline for local districts to implement locally developed teacher and principal evaluation systems; and
  • allocate $5 million in competitive funds that groups of school districts can use to provide services regionally and implement innovative educational programs.

The Maine DOE’s website has more details on these proposals. It’s all part of the work outlined in our strategic plan: crafting an education system around the need for students to learn in ways that work best for them.

— Stephen Bowen



ACTION ITEMS

Administrative Letters

  • No administrative letters this week.

More Administrative Letters

Notices

More Notices

Reporting

Please note: We generally provide notice of requirements only once. Please check the Reporting Calendar (link below) regularly for a list of ALL upcoming items.

Reporting Calendar



NEWS & VIEWS

Paul Caron stands in front of the pipes that make up the geothermal heating system at a Brunswick elementary school..

Oil prices on a roller coaster, Maine schools shift to alternative heat

The state’s newest schools have turned to wood chip boilers, geothermal systems and other alternative heating sources in recent years to reduce energy costs and direct more resources to the classroom. By Nathan Marcus | More

The safest way to get to school? The yellow bus

Chart of school bus explaining why it's the safest way to transport students to school.Recent news about accidents involving school buses doesn’t change one reality: The statistics prove that the yellow school bus is the safest way to transport children to and from school each day so they arrive ready to learn. | More

LePage, Bowen announce new education initiatives

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul LePage unveiled his education legislative agenda on Wednesday at the Somerset Career and Technical Education Center in Skowhegan. With the automotive shop as the backdrop, the Governor and Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen described four pieces of legislation that advance the work of designing an education system around student needs. | More

Maine students invited to ‘Doodle 4 Google’

Google logo

Will Maine students once again make their mark on Google’s national competition that invites students from across the country to redesign the Google logo and have it featured on Google’s homepage for a day? | More

More

Dispatches
Press Releases
From the Commissioner

LEAVE A REPLY. We encourage reader comments to foster a substantive dialogue about education in Maine. Essentially, be brief, be respectful, stay on topic, and include your first and last names. Read the rest of the Maine DOE Newsroom’s comments policy (linked below).

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s