Commissioner’s Update – May 5, 2011

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There’s never a dull moment here at the Department of Education.

This week, bills seeking to expand school choice and overhaul the state school funding formula came up before the Legislature’s Education Committee. In this update, we begin to keep you apprised of the Department’s positions on such high-profile issues.

On top of that, it’s Teacher Appreciation week, so we’re busy recognizing the good work of our teachers.

We’ve heard positive comments from you on our efforts to communicate less often, but more effectively. Continue to let us know how we can do it better. And shoot us an email if you have an idea for a story you’d like to see featured in this publication.

— Stephen Bowen

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NEWS & VIEWS

Dispatches

Superintendents: Communication key to managing crises

In a panel discussion, Maine school superintendents say an emphasis on communication kept bad situations from becoming worse. | More

Press Releases

Maine grad rate improves

The average graduation rate for Maine high schools rose by two percentage points from 2009 to 2010. Still, too many kids do not graduate in four years. | More

From the Commissioner

Encouraging effective teaching

It’ll be hard work, but I’m confident we can create a system that better prepares our teachers for the 21st-century classroom and better supports them once they’re in there. By Stephen Bowen | More

Honoring our effective teachers

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and two Maine teachers are receiving prestigious honors for the important and noble work they do each day for our children. By Stephen Bowen | More