Maine DOE Monthly – April 26, 2016

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

Deputy Commissioner’s Comments

ESSA Regulation Issue

The latest round of the U.S. Department of Education negotiated rulemaking for sections of the new Every Student Success Act (ESSA) has come to a close. Negotiators came to agreement on the assessment regulatory language, which appears fine, yet the Title I supplement, not supplant provision did not reach consensus.

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Maine DOE Monthly – March 29, 2016

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

Commissioner’s Comments

Augusta is great and often all-consuming. Yet, opportunities to travel around the state and to meet children in their schools are a reminder of what it’s all about. These students are tangible evidence of quality learning that is underway in Maine. The following is just a sampling.

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Maine DOE Monthly – February 23, 2016

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

Commissioner & Deputy Commissioner’s Comments

The Department is hard at work on several fronts.

We are getting up to speed on the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) with a particular interest in making sure implementing of regulations and reporting are not prohibitively complex for small and rural school districts.

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Maine DOE Monthly – January 26, 2016

Commissioner’s Comments

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Acting Education Commissioner Bill Beardsley

The preliminary State subsidy printouts (ED 279s) that many have been asking about, will be coming out in a few days. The Department has been dedicated to completing the preliminary, estimated State subsidy printouts, and as soon as those are finalized, the information will be posted on our website at http://www.maine.gov/doe/eps/. Also at that time, superintendents and business managers will be alerted via a Priority Notice. It will be important for districts to remember that those initial printouts will reflect the currently enacted biennial budget, and will likely be adjusted as the Legislature responds to current and projected budget shortfalls.

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Maine DOE Monthly – December 29, 2015

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

December has been dominated with assessment news with a contract signing and subsequent support and guidance offered from the Maine Department of Education’s assessment and accountability team.

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Maine DOE Monthly – October 27, 2015

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

The fall kicked off with news of Governor LePage’s appointment of Acting Education Commissioner, a conditional assessment awardee, technology micro-credentials, and the 2016 Teacher of the Year, to highlight a few.

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