PRIORITY NOTICE: Withdrawal of Proposed Rule Chapter 115: Credentialing of Education Personnel

In response to preliminary feedback, the Maine Department of Education has decided to withdraw the recently proposed changes to Rule Chapter 115: Credentialing of Education Personnel for further review and refinement.

Rule Chapter 115 is a complex rule, and any change to its provisions has multiple implications. It is in the best interest of students and educators that we allow for further consideration, dialog, and input.

Further proposed changes to Rule Chapter 115 will be announced via the Maine DOE Newsroom.

PRIORITY NOTICE: EPS Oct 1 Enrollment/Special Ed (EF-S-05) Reporting Deadline Extended to November 5, 2018

The Maine Department of Education would like to inform all public schools, charter schools, and private schools that receive public funds, that the EPS Oct 1 Enrollment/Special Ed (EF-S-05) Report Certification deadline that was originally scheduled for October 31, 2018 has been extended to the end of day on Monday, November 5, 2018.

Ensure the data has been reviewed and is correct prior to certification.  Please do not certify your data if it is not correct. Contact the DOE Data Helpdesk at 624-6896 or medms.helpdesk@maine.gov if you have questions about data issues that need to be resolved.

If you have made corrections or changes in your Student Information System and have uploaded those changes to Synergy; you must also request a “refresh” of the EPS Oct 1 Enrollment/Special Ed (EF-S-05) Report in NEO in order for those changes to be reflected in that report.  This is not done automatically and requires the “Uncertify/Refresh Data” button to be pushed in the report in NEO.

If you’re not sure how to refresh the EPS Oct 1 Enrollment/Special Ed (EF-S-05) report, see the instructions entitled “Where is the Refresh Button” located on the Data Reporting Instructions webpage.

Further questions should be directed toward the DOE Data Helpdesk at 624-6896 or medms.helpdesk@maine.gov.

PRIORITY NOTICE: Proposed Revisions to Rule Chapter 132 (Social Studies and Science and Technology Standards); Public Hearing on November 15, 2018

This notice is one of four priority notices being sent to district and school administrators on 10/24/18 regarding proposed major substantive rules that have been filed with the Secretary of the State of Maine on this day (Rule Chapters: 101, 115, 122 and 132). Please share this notice with all interested parties.

As part of the scheduled periodic review of the Maine Learning Results, the Maine Department of Education is seeking public comments regarding proposed revisions to the social studies and science and technology standards found in Rule Chapter 132 Learning Results: Parameters for Essential Instruction. Please note that the Department of Education is only seeking comments on the Science and Technology Standards and Social Studies Standards sections of Rule Chapter 132 at this time.

The standards review process for the science and technology and social studies standards began in 2017 with a public comment period and a public hearing on the current science and technology and social studies standards. After the public comment period, steering committees were convened who were charged with reviewing all submitted comments and with developing blueprints for the revision of the state standards in their assigned content area. Once the blueprints were created, writing teams, consisting of pk-12 teachers who represent Maine’s cultural and geographical diversity, assembled to draft the standards revisions. Now, as part of this review process, the Maine Department of Education has submitted the revisions as part of a proposed rule change to Chapter 132.

Find the details for proposed changes for Rule Chapter 132 on the Maine DOE Proposed Rule & Rule Changes webpage (proposed rules are listed in order by rule number).

Public Hearing Information for Rule Chapter 132:
November 15th from 1-4pm
room 103 at the Cross Building, 111 Sewell Street, Augusta
Anyone may speak at the public hearing which will be live-streamed (A link to the livestream will be available prior to the public hearing). People wishing to speak will be the asked to sign in and, preferably, provide two written copies of comments, as well as an electronic copy. Anyone unable to attend the public hearing may send written comments

Comment Period Deadline: 5 pm on December 3rd, 2018

Written comments may be sent to Standards Review at sis.doe@maine.gov, or mailed to Beth Lambert, 23 SHS Station, Augusta, ME 04333.

PRIORITY NOTICE: Proposed Revisions to Rule Chapter 122 (Grant Application and Award Procedure: Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Educational Services); Public Hearing on November 14, 2018

This notice is one of four priority notices being sent to district and school administrators on 10/24/18 regarding proposed major substantive rules that have been filed with the secretary of the State of Maine on this day (Rule Chapters: 101, 115, 122 and 132). Please share this notice with all interested parties.

The Maine Department of Education is seeking public comment regarding proposed revisions to Rule Chapter 122, Grant Application and Award Procedure: Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Educational Services.

The proposed revisions will:

  • Provide clarification by connecting language in rule to Title 20-A M.R.S. §2651
  • Correct statutory citations throughout
  • Provide clarification on project design, objectives, and sustainability
  • Revise programmatic criteria for evaluating grant applications
  • Add budget criteria for evaluating grant applications
  • Include clarification regarding consensus scoring
  • Refine the method of scoring proposals
  • Provide clarification regarding the eligibility for subsequent grants
  • Rename the Division of Purchases the Division of Procurement Services

Find the details for proposed changes for Rule Chapter 122 on the Maine DOE Proposed Rule & Rule Changes webpage (proposed rules are listed in order by rule number).

Public Hearing Information for Rule Chapter 122:
November 14, 2018 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Cross State Office Building, 111 Sewall Street, Augusta, room 501.
People wishing to speak will be asked to sign in and, preferably, provide two written copies of their comments. Anyone unable to attend the public hearing may send written comments.

Comment Period Deadline: 5 pm on November 26th, 2018.

Comments can be submitted to jennifer.g.pooler@maine.gov and deborah.j.lajoie@maine.gov with the subject “Chapter 122 – Comments” or mailed to Maine Department of Education, Attn: Jennifer Pooler/Deb Lajoie, 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333.

For more information on proposed changes to Rule 122, contact Regionalization Project Manager Jennifer Pooler at Jennifer.g.pooler@maine.gov or Regionalization Coordinator Deb Lajoie at Deborah.j.lajoie@maine.gov.

PRIORITY NOTICE: Proposed Revisions for Rule Chapter 115 (Certification Rules); Hearing on November 15, 2018

Rule Chapter 115 has been withdrawn at this time. Click here for more information.

As part of the Maine Department of Education’s efforts to streamline and clarify certification processes for Maine educators, the Department is proposing revisions to Rule Chapter 115: Credentialing of Educational Personnel, Parts I and II. The revisions:

  • Align rule with recent statutory changes;
  • Integrate Part I Part II for better articulation, clarity, and usability;
  • Remove redundant and unnecessary language;
  • Refine grade spans to allow for flexibility in hiring and mobility of credentialed teachers;
  • Remove 029 (K-3) endorsement as the requirements closely parallel those of the 020 (K-8) endorsement; the 029 is rarely sought; and those denied a 029 endorsement often apply and qualify for the 020 endorsement;
  • Remove additional endorsements that are no longer applicable; and
  • Define a pathway that qualifies an eligible candidate to teach based on a combination of a four-year degree, work experience, and education coursework.

Find the details for proposed changes for Rule Chapter 115 on the Maine DOE Proposed Rule & Rule Changes webpage (proposed rules are listed in order by rule number).

Public Hearing Information for Rule Chapter 115:
November 15, 2018 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM.
Room 103 A and B in the Cross State Office Building, 111 Sewall Street, Augusta, Maine
People wishing to speak will be asked to sign in and, preferably, provide two written copies of their comments. Anyone unable to attend the public hearing may send written comments.

Comment Period Deadline: December 3, 2018

Comments can be submitted to Stephanie Fyfe at Stephanie.Fyfe@maine.gov