A letter from Commissioner Bowen: A new opportunity

It has been a great honor to serve students and schools as the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Education for the past two and a half years. In that time, we’ve made incredible progress in moving from plan to practice our Education Evolving strategic plan to restructure Maine’s education system around our students. School accountability … Continue reading A letter from Commissioner Bowen: A new opportunity

Maine receives ESEA waiver

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act waiver will allow Maine to move forward on local and State reforms that will cut in half the percentage of non-proficient students at each Title I school by 2018 AUGUSTA – Maine will have flexibility in meeting federal education requirements and be allowed to implement its own statewide system … Continue reading Maine receives ESEA waiver

Chiefs for Change call for commitment to accountability

In response to the call for a moratorium on accountability related to the Common Core State Standards by some in the education community, Chiefs for Change, a coalition of state school chiefs and leaders committed to education reform which Commissioner Bowen is a member of, released the following open letter to U.S. Department of Education … Continue reading Chiefs for Change call for commitment to accountability