Commissioner’s Update – Dec. 1, 2011

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If you’ve been waiting for information about Maine’s plans for seeking flexibility from the federal No Child Left Behind law, you’ll have a lot of it in no time.

This week, we’ve launched an expanded and growing web page where we’ll continue to post details about our efforts to secure NCLB flexibility. Soon, that page will also have details about how you can have your say in the process.

Today, we’re holding an online update for our superintendents. And in the coming weeks, we’ll hit the road to gather more feedback from the public to help us put together our application for flexibility from No Child Left Behind.

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— Stephen Bowen



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Early post-secondary education survey results published

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