Category Archives: Legislation

Physical education requirements for children with disabilities

Under Maine’s system of learning results, each student is required to study and achieve proficiency in the eight content areas including physical education. In addition to State requirements, federal regulations for implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) require that states follow the guidelines set forth in sections 34 CFR 300.39 and 300.108.

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Next Blue Ribbon Commission meeting rescheduled to Sept. 26

AUGUSTA – The next meeting of the Commission to Reform Public Education Funding and Improve Student Performance in Maine has been rescheduled and will now be held on Monday, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. at RSU #17 Central Office, located at 232 Main Street in South Paris.

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Maine DOE provides complimentary 2016-17 law books to superintendents

The Maine DOE acquired enough copies of the Maine Education and School Statutes 2016-2017 Edition law book from the publisher, Swan Island Press, to distribute one at no charge to each superintendent of schools in Maine.

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USDOE releases guidance on civil rights of students with ADHD

The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidance clarifying the obligation of State and local educational agencies, including charter schools, to provide students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with equal educational opportunity under Federal civil rights laws, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and implementing regulations that it enforces (29 U.S.C. § 794; 34 C.F.R. Part 104). Read the letter here.

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Notice of proposed rule changes to Chapter 101: special education

The Maine Department of Education is proposing a refinement to two sections of Rule Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty.

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Notice of proposed rule changes to Chapter 126/261: school children immunization requirements

The Maine Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention are proposing refinements to joint rule Chapters 126/261: Immunization Requirements for School Children.

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Notice of education-related laws in effect March, April

The following educationrelated laws enacted in March and April of this year pertain to school budgets, special education regulations, medication administration, charter schools and more.
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New proposed rule Chapter 41: offering instruction in schools related to CPR and the use of AEDs

The following information was shared in the last Maine DOE Update. Please note this is a proposed rule.

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Governor LePage and Deputy Commissioner Beardsley tap Dr. Robert Hasson to join Blue Ribbon Commission as chair

AUGUSTA – Dr. William Beardsley, Deputy Commissioner of the Maine Department of Education, announced today that he has accepted an invitation from Governor LePage to serve as the Governor’s designee on the Commission to Reform School Funding and Improve Student Performance in Maine, creating a vacancy on the commission for a representative from the Department of Education, the seat previously held by Dr. Beardsley.

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Blue Ribbon Commission announces 2016 meeting dates

This release was updated on Thursday, Sept. 8

AUGUSTA — After a survey of members of the Commission to Reform Public Education Funding and Improve Student Performance in Maine, Commission Chair Bill Beardsley is announcing the meeting schedule through the end of the year. These meetings are open to the public.

This month’s meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday, August 29 at York County Community College in Wells in the mid-café.

Subsequent meetings will take place on the following dates:

  • Monday, September 26 at 9 a.m. – RSU # 17 Central Office, located at 232 Main Street in South Paris (directly across from the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School) *Updated*
  • Monday, October 17 in Lewiston at the Lewiston Regional Technical Center
  • Monday, October 31, location yet to be determined
  • Monday, November 28, location yet to be determined
  • Monday, December 12, location yet to be determined

Agendas for all meetings will be made available in advance and documents relating to the Commission’s work can be found here, as they are made available.

The Commission to Reform Public Education Funding and Improve Student Performance in Maine was created by LD 1641 which added an additional $15 million in education funding for local schools. Based on its work, the Commission will submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature by January 10, 2017 that includes findings and recommendations for action to reform public education funding and improve student performance in the State.

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