Commissioner’s Update – May 26, 2011

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That final lap I wrote about in last week’s Commissioner’s Update? It’s a long one.

The House and Senate are still debating the two-year budget that will determine once and for all the amount of state funding headed for your districts for the 2011-12 year. On top of that, the fate of legislation dealing with school district reorganization, a standards-based diploma and charter schools is in the hands of the same lawmakers. For now, we sit tight to see what comes out of the legislative process.

While we wait, there’s plenty going on outside of the State House.

Today, for example, we have the chance to see more than 1,000 middle- and high-school students actively engaged in learning the way many of them learn best — digitally — at the eighth annual Maine Learning Technology Initiative student conference. I stopped there on my way back from Washington County and was blown away by the quality of the student presentations.

And in this week’s Commissioner’s Update, we bring you a streamlined Calendar of Reporting Requirements that, hopefully, makes it easier to keep track of some of your administrative work. Please let us know what you think.

— Stephen Bowen


Administrative Letters

Reporting Requirements

  • Monthly School Nutrition Reporting, various
  • Annual Aggregate Daily Attendance Reporting, June 24
  • End-of-Year Student and Staff Reports, June 24
  • Title I Program Data-Targeted Assisted Programs, June 24
  • School Nurse End of the Year Report, June 30
  • REMINDER: End-of-Year Financial Reports, Aug. 25
  • Calendar of Reporting Requirements


Bridging the gap between math and CTE

Maine DOE’s Math-in-CTE program hasn’t made me a math teacher, but it’s helped me identify the math in my machine tool curriculum and plan lessons around it. By Rich Barratt | More

Invitation to Superintendents’ Conference

The theme for this 100th annual Superintendents’ Conference, June 27-28, will be transformation.

Press Releases

1,100 plus expected at student laptop conference in Orono

Students, teachers and parents will overtake the University of Maine campus in Orono on Thursday for the eighth annual Maine Learning Technology Initiative student conference. | More

From the Commissioner

A new law for a new age

If we’re expecting something fundamentally different from our schools than we were 10 years ago, the most important piece of federal legislation governing our schools needs to reflect that. By Stephen Bowen | More

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