Category Archives: Press Releases

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Maine school districts begin school year with new teacher and principal evaluation systems

AUGUSTA – As the 2016-17 school year gets underway, Maine schools are undertaking newly revised teacher and principal evaluation systems. This year, for the first time, the majority of teachers and principals will be evaluated based on a professional practice model using a system that incorporates a student growth measure for educators.

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New Major Capital School Construction Application Cycle Announced

Augusta – Public schools across Maine are invited to participate in the new application cycle for major school construction projects that will begin in October. The announcement that a new application cycle will begin was made at the monthly meeting of the State Board of Education on September 14. A new application cycle enables Maine public schools to apply for state support in order to undertake a major renovation or addition project, or to build a new facility.

The application will be similar to those used in the past. Applications will be posted on the Maine Department of Education’s website by October 15, 2016. An announcement will be made to alert school officials when the applications are posted.

“In consultation with the State Board of Education, the Department has determined that for the first time in six years, the time is right to open a new application cycle. The application, review, and approval process will remain consistent with the past process,” said Deputy Commissioner Bill Beardsley in announcing the new application cycle.

The Department will review completed applications and create a “needs-based” initial priority list, to be followed by the creation of a final priority list and an approved projects list. The entire application and review process is expected to take about two years and is governed by Chapter 61 of Department of Education and State Board of Education joint rules.

School officials who have questions about the process may contact Scott Brown, Director of School Construction, at  or at 624-6883.

Media inquiries should be directed to Jamie Logan, Communications Director, at or at 624-6747.

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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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.


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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