Commissioner’s Update – September 20, 2012

Commissioner's Update - September 20, 2012
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This week I took part in the first meeting of the school choice work group.

As a state, we’ve moved past discussing whether or not students in Maine should have public school choice. Our legislatively created work group is responsible for finding a model that can work for enabling students to enroll in public schools in districts other than the one in which they live. A model that addresses funding, transportation and, most importantly, equitable education opportunities for all students, including special populations.

I’m looking forward to our next meeting in October, when we’ll begin developing a model that provides more options to customize learning for all students.

— Stephen Bowen



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School choice group explores options for students

AUGUSTA – A legislatively created group met for the first time Monday and started work on a publicly funded school choice model that would allow for students to attend public school in districts other than their own. | More

Report cites career and technical education as a pathway to success

AUGUSTA – Today, the LePage administration shared a report released Tuesday by Georgetown University which promotes career and technical education – in both high school and in post-secondary programs – as a significant path to good-paying jobs. | More

Charter school commission gets new members, 8 notices of proposals

AUGUSTA – The Maine Charter School Commission today announced the State Board of Education’s appointment of two new members and that eight groups submitted notice as of Monday that they plan to submit applications to open public charter schools. | More

Barry Lane to conduct workshop on Common Core

The Maine Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) will bring author Barry Lane to Maine to conduct an educator workshop, “Expository Writing: Common Core Rigor Turned to Vigor,” Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. | More

Seeking school nutrition professionals with 20+ years service

The Maine DOE solicits help in identifying qualified professionals in food service departments statewide. | More

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