Sometimes we bring you news in this update about developing a vision for the future of public education in Maine, or our plans to seek a waiver from the provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Today, though, we bring you news about two ways the Department of Education is working to make it easier for our school districts to manage their central-office operations and, as a result, spend more of their resources where they should be spent — in the classroom.
First, in today’s update, we’re announcing that the Department has signed a contract with Pearson to make its PowerSchool product a second, state-supported student information system for Maine schools. (We have already been supporting district implementation of Infinite Campus.) We’re also offering a reminder about Transfinder — a software program the Department offers to school districts at no charge to help them plan more efficient school bus routes that result in savings.
Both announcements are part of the Department of Education’s efforts to be more of a resource to our school districts — all in support of the teaching and learning at the core of our mission.
— Stephen Bowen
- No Administrative Letters this week.
- DOE to fund implementation of PowerSchool, Infinite Campus
- Input sought on early learning guidelines
- DOE announces Leased Space approvals
- Transfinder training season begins Oct. 19
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.
- Free/Reduced-Price Meals Verification Summary Report, Nov. 20
- School Bus Purchase Program Request, Nov. 25
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