Maine DOE legislative summary available

Maine DOE has prepared a summary of major laws related to education enacted by the First Regular Session of the 128th Maine Legislature. This information may prove helpful to educators when planning for the 2017-8 school year.

For each relevant bill, the summary lists the provisions, effective date, action required by the bill and primary contact person at the Department, the State Board of Education, the Maine Charter School Commission and/or other organizations.

A law indicated as an “emergency” is a law that was passed by a two-thirds vote of the Maine Legislature; emergency legislation can take effect immediately upon the Governor’s signature.  For non-emergency laws passed during the First Regular Session, the general effective date is November 1, 2017 unless otherwise noted.

The summary can be found at

Please contact Debra Plowman, Director of Policy, at with questions.