Commissioner’s Update – Dec. 8, 2011

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How should we help schools improve and recognize their success, all while holding them accountable for their responsibility to our students?

On Monday, we put that question out to the public as part of the process for assembling Maine’s request to the federal government for Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility. We haven’t been disappointed by the response.

There’s no shortage of opinions on this topic, as evidenced by the hundreds of responses to our three-day-old online survey and the active participation in our ongoing, online discussion on ESEA flexibility.

I hope to see the outpouring of input continue in the coming days.

Tonight, I head to Bangor to hear from students, teachers, administrators, parents, school board members and others at a public forum at Bangor High School. And next week, I’ll host an online forum and a public forum in Portland to hear even more opinions. Details on those events can be found on our ESEA Flexibility web page.

The more ideas we hear, the stronger our request for ESEA flexibility will be.

— Stephen Bowen



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Join the discussion: Maine’ request for ESEA flexibility

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