Category Archives: Press Releases

Press releases from before January 1, 2010, are in the archive.

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

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 at 8 a.m. on the following dates:

  • Monday, September 12 in Oxford at Oxford Hills High School
  • 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.


2016 Summer Literacy Institute expected to draw nearly 400 educators

AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Education’s literacy team is conducting one-day workshops in Portland and Brewer this month to support Maine educators as they continue to develop proficiency systems in their schools. Sessions will focus on development of effective routines and strategies that have the greatest impact on student achievement.

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School superintendents honored at banquet in Bangor

Twenty-one Maine school superintendents and a representative to the state legislature were honored last evening at the 105th Annual Commissioner’s Conference, sponsored by the Maine Department of Education and Maine School Superintendents Association. The recognition banquet was held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

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Improving math achievement for Maine’s students with disabilities

AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Education will provide five days of intensive Foundations of Math training to 35 educators in the Lewiston-Auburn and Turner areas this week and in early August. The training, which begins today, is an integral piece of Maine DOE’s “Math4ME” initiative, designed to improve math achievement for all Maine students.

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Final 2016 regional school bus driver conference promotes, teaches safety

AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Education, in collaboration with the Maine State Police and the Maine Association for Pupil Transport (MAPT), is hosting the final Regional Safety Conference of the 2016 year for those across the state working in school transportation.

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Digital, hands-on learning through storytelling is focus of student conference Thursday

AUGUSTA – Imagine! Learning by making and doing, storytelling, programming and coding; that’s what students love and there is a hands-on learning conference designed just for them. Maine’s Learning Technology Initiative is holding its 2016 MLTI Student Conference on Thursday, May 26 at the University of Maine, Orono. Students from over 50 schools across Maine will gather for experiential, hands-on sessions for students to learn with their MLTI devices.

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Top teams compete in final Farm to School cook-off

AUGUSTA –School food service staff from RSU 61 and a combined team of Five Town CSD/MSAD 28 and RSU 13 will compete to become the 2016 Maine Farm to School Cook-off Champion. The final cook-off will be held today, Tuesday, May 17 at the Kennebec Valley Community College, Harold Alfond Campus in Hinckley at the Averill Building.

The competing teams are the top winners from the regional cook-offs which were held in April at the Westbrook Regional Vocational Center and the Capital Area Technical Center in Augusta. This is the first annual Maine Farm to School Cook-off to promote locally grown products in school meals.

Each team will prepare two meals within a specific time frame using at least three ingredients that are grown, raised, caught, or manufactured in the State of Maine and meet National School Breakfast and Lunch Program requirements. All recipes will later be shared in a Maine farm to school cook-off recipe book.

A panel of judges consisting of a Kennebec Valley Community College culinary arts student, school nutrition director, and professional chef will score the dishes based on presentation, taste, creativity, and feasibility to be used in a school breakfast or lunch program. The winning team will be awarded a plaque and have the opportunity to be spokespeople for the second annual cook off in 2017.

The cook-off is part of the State’s child nutrition projects and follows legislation to support healthy meals in schools. For more information on Maine’s Local Foods to Local Schools program, visit

Members of the media are welcome to attend the May 17 final cook-off but need to confirm prior to the day of the event.

For more information and to confirm coverage, contact: Anne Gabbianelli at or call 624-6747/592-4439.


Maine’s 2016 County Teachers of the Year recognized

AUGUSTA – Teachers of the Year for each of Maine’s counties were announced in a formal State House Hall of Flags ceremony today. From Kingfield to Princeton, from Limestone to South Berwick, from a field of 300 nominees, an outstanding Teacher of the Year has been announced for 15 of Maine’s counties.

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Maine Charter School Commission seeking candidates for a new member

The Maine Charter School Commission consists of seven members appointed by the Maine State Board of Education. The Commission has begun a search to fill a vacancy for the unexpired term May 2016 – June 2018. Upon successful completion of the term, the member will be eligible to seek his/her own three year term.

The Maine State Charter School Commission’s mission is to provide thoughtful stewardship in authorizing and monitoring public charter schools consistent with State statutes to create unique, high-quality learning options for Maine students.

The Commission seeks candidates, who share in this mission. The Commission is particularly looking for a new member who has the following qualities:

  • The willingness and availability to be a hands-on, working Commission member;
  • A commitment to attend Commission meetings in Augusta (i.e.: 1-day per month for the Commission’s regular business meeting; Monitoring Process, RFP Development, RFP-Application Reviews, Public Interviews and Public Hearings, Site Visits, and Working with the Legislature);
  • Availability to work with staff in Augusta with the development of related documents;
  • Experience in a non-Charter Public School;
  • Experience in diverse professional settings.

Persons interested in serving on the Commission should mail or hand deliver a letter of interest and a current resume to:

Maine Charter School Commission

182 State House Station

Augusta ME 04333-0182

Located at 111 Sewall Street 5th floor, Augusta.

In the letter, applicants should describe how their experience and strengths will match the need for the open position on the Maine Charter School Commission. The position will be filled once a suitable candidate is identified.

Read more about Maine’s Charter Schools and the Maine Charter School Commission.

For questions, contact Executive Director of the Maine State Charter Commission Bob Kautz at 592-8352 or