Commissioner’s Update – June 2, 2011

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Save for a school visit scheduled for next week, my statewide listening tour to schools in all nine superintendent regions wrapped up last week after a meeting with superintendents, two public forums and two school visits in Washington County.

The listening tour has taken me hundreds of miles across our beautiful state, from Turner to Machias, from Limestone to Sanford. It’s allowed me to remove myself from Augusta one day at a time to see what’s going on in our classrooms — where the policies we set and budgets we craft have their greatest impact.

I have met dozens of dedicated teachers, administrators, students and parents during these trips, and the input they’ve provided me on how we can improve what we’re doing for our children has been invaluable. Thank you to all of those who took the time to share their thoughts with me.

While the listening tour might be coming to a close, that doesn’t mean I plan to stop listening. As always, don’t hesitate to contact me to let me know what you think about education in our state.

— Stephen Bowen


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