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 … Continue reading Maine DOE legislative summary available

Update about revisions to Rule Chapter 232, expansion of CTE to middle school

Public Law Chapter 171, “An Act To Enable Earlier Introduction of Career and Technical Education in Maine Schools,” was enacted in June to expand career and technical education opportunities by requiring Maine schools to provide access to developmentally-appropriate career and technical education for middle school students (grades 6-8). The expansion of Career and Technical Education … Continue reading Update about revisions to Rule Chapter 232, expansion of CTE to middle school

Repeal and replacement of Chapter 81: Uniform School Bus Standards for Pupil Transportation in Maine

The enacted new regulations that replaced Chapter 81: Uniform School Bus Standards for Pupil Transportation in Maine and became effective on 9/16/17 can be found on the following link: http://maine.gov/doe/transportation/laws/index.html In order to provide increased clarity and durability to its regulations relating to student transportation, the Department broke the existing Chapter 81 into six shorter … Continue reading Repeal and replacement of Chapter 81: Uniform School Bus Standards for Pupil Transportation in Maine

Revised certification rules: guidance and clarification (Chapter 115)

The revised Chapter 115 certification rules have arrived and the Maine Department of Education (DOE) is providing the following clarifications:  Part I of Chapter 115 goes into effect August 12th, 2017.   Part II does not go into effect until July 1, 2019, including the revisions to grade spans.  For now we will continue to use the … Continue reading Revised certification rules: guidance and clarification (Chapter 115)

Upcoming Rulemaking to Support the Implementation of a Diploma Based on Proficiency

The Maine DOE recently submitted to the Secretary of State proposed regulation, Chapter 134, pursuant to 20-A MRS § 4722-A (Regulations for Awarding a High School Diploma). This rule chapter supports the implementation of a diploma based on proficiency, and fosters the culture of learning that makes it possible for each learner to graduate ready … Continue reading Upcoming Rulemaking to Support the Implementation of a Diploma Based on Proficiency

Notice of proposed rule changes to Chapter 81: Uniform School Bus Standards for Pupil Transportation in Maine

The Maine Department of Education is proposing to repeal and replace Chapter 81: Uniform School Bus Standards for Pupil Transportation in Maine in order to modernize the rule. The proposal involves four major changes: Change the format of the rule to separate the rule into shorter and cleaner regulations. Remove forms from the rule making … Continue reading Notice of proposed rule changes to Chapter 81: Uniform School Bus Standards for Pupil Transportation in Maine

Spring ESEA Training and Updates for ESEA Coordinators, Title Administrators and Private Schools

The Maine DOE will be providing training for Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Coordinators and individual Title administrators who manage Federal ESEA programs and funds with responsibilities for the ESEA Consolidated Application and Performance Report. Business managers are welcome to attend. The training day will focus on changes to Title programs and private school … Continue reading Spring ESEA Training and Updates for ESEA Coordinators, Title Administrators and Private Schools