Commissioner’s Update – Oct. 6, 2011

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On Monday, I joined Gov. Paul LePage, Midcoast-area school administrators, and representatives from that region’s higher education and business communities to discuss education as an economic imperative for Maine’s Midcoast.

The discussion at Rockland’s Strand Theatre was a productive one. Our educators spoke of ambitious plans to make learning an engaging experience for our students by connecting them with resources and experiences that interest them — whether they’re within the school building, at the local career and technical education center, at a nearby community college or at a university campus.

Employers said they need workers who are dependable and adaptable. They need to be able to work in teams, communicate clearly, think critically and learn new skills as needed. More need to be skilled in the trades.

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— Stephen Bowen



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New education models, workforce readiness discussed at Midcoast forum

Officials from Maine’s education and business worlds met at Rockland’s Strand Theatre on Oct. 3 to discuss the transition to a new model for public education and how to equip students with the skills they’ll need to lead successful careers. | More

Governor’s order creates bus refurbishment program

Maine’s public schools might have the chance to extend the life of their buses through a pilot program that allows them to refurbish mid-life buses in need of major body and structural repairs. | More

Maine’s charter school law takes effect

Maine’s charter school law took effect on Sept. 28, 2011. Now, it’s up to the Maine DOE to develop detailed rules and spread information about the new law. | More

Results prove need for new accountability system

AUGUSTA — The release of the Department of Education’s annual report on the adequate yearly progress of Maine schools underscores the deficiencies of No Child Left Behind and the need for a new accountability system, says Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen. | More

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