Maine DOE Monthly – November 24, 2015

Welcome to the November issue of the Maine DOE Monthly, which provides a recap of some of the month’s most important updates from the Department.

The month has included celebrating, rulemaking, granting funds, offering continued opportunities, guidance and more.

Senator Susan Collins chatting with a child of Androscoggin County Teacher of the Year

Senator Susan Collins chatting with a child of Androscoggin County Teacher of the Year

Many Maine teachers gathered in celebration this month at the Maine Teacher of the Year Gala in Bangor as all 16, 2015 County Teachers of the Year and the 2016 Teacher of the Year were honored with their family and colleagues on hand along with dignitaries including U.S. Senator Susan Collins.

Maine’s institutes of higher education can now join SARA, State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement. The agreement benefits both Maine students studying online at out-of-state postsecondary institutions and the SARA member institutions.

Maine’s Charter School Commission last week approved the applications of two additional public charter schools, now making for nine charter schools in Maine.

To help ensure that all students receive high-quality instruction that prepares them for success in college and careers, the United States Department of Education has offered new guidance, part of commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The following Administrative Letters published this month pertained to:

Also, the Maine Department of Education remains dedicated to staying current with rules and guiding school districts to include: The Maine Proficiency Education Council at work on recommendations regarding implementation of the proficiency-based graduation requirements. The 14 member council is expected to provide an interim report when the Legislature returns in January.

The Maine Department of Education will soon be working on rulemaking to assist public schools in offering training to students on how to perform CPR and how to use AEDs.

May 6 is the deadline for Regional School Calendars for SAUs and private schools approved for tuition purposes, in coordination with their local CTE schools.

A public hearing is slated for November 30, regarding the Department’s proposal to refine two sections of Rule Chapter 101.

The Department released PBE transition funds to SAUs intended to be used to support schools’ transition to proficiency-based learning and the awarding of proficiency-based diplomas.

And Maine DOE also distributed 139 grants to SAUs to support the development of performance evaluation and professional growth (PEPG) systems.

More Maine DOE news from November can be found at http://mainedoenews.net/.