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Rep. Alan Casavant, a dangerous man

Rep. Alan Casavant, a dangerous man

Yesterday afternoon, the legislature released the committee assignment lists, naming each legislator to one of the myriad legislative committees.  As an education policy guy, the first list I checked was the list for the legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, the ...
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Massachusetts Teachers Association leads the way

Massachusetts Teachers Association leads the way

Yesterday, I wondered whether the Maine Education Association, fresh off the Election Day shellacking of its gubernatorial candidate, Libby Mitchell, wold take a long look at itself in the mirror and decide to become part of the solution with regard to school reform, rather than part of the problem. ...
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The MEA looks ahead…

The MEA looks ahead…

The Maine Education Association took its fair share of lumps (and then some) this past election season.The union backed the wrong horse in the gubernatorial race, dropping more than a half-million dollars on ads supporting its candidate, Libby Mitchell, who barely won 19 percent of the vote.  For t ...
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Balancing Maine’s state budget? Follow the money…

Balancing Maine’s state budget? Follow the money…

Two years ago, the Maine Heritage Policy Center released a report titled “Where the Money Is: The Fastest-Growing Programs in Maine Government, FY 2000—FY 2009.For that report, we used data from the legislature’s Office of Fiscal and Program Review to identify the 40 state programs ...
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Election Day and Maine’s Education Future

Election Day and Maine’s Education Future

At long last, Election Day is here.The votes cast today will, of course, have a huge impact on the development of public policy generally, but it is education issues that will be foremost in my mind as I head to the polls with my girls later today.  My background is in education—I taught in publi ...
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Among the school reformers…

Among the school reformers…

So how far behind is Maine in terms of school reform?Way behind.Though I knew this already and have been banging this drum for what seems like years at this point, I was reminded of it once again while at the annual policy meeting of the Policy Innovators in Education Network, which took place last ...
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Maine is Number 1! (At being hostile to business)

Maine is Number 1! (At being hostile to business)

It has been nearly a week since Forbes Magazine announced its “best states for business and careers,” placing Maine at the very bottom of the list – in 50th place. Surprisingly, the report has received scant attention from Maine’s media, getting only a quick mention in the BDN and seemingly ...
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Funding Early College High Schools

Funding Early College High Schools

In my most recent column for the Bangor Daily News, I discussed Paul LePage’s early college high school idea, describing it as the most compelling school reform idea put forward by any of Maine’s gubernatorial candidates.A number readers who posted comments on the BDN’s website wanted to know ...
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Libby Mitchell’s fuzzy math

Libby Mitchell’s fuzzy math

Libby Mitchell’s school reform plan has a lot of different elements, and if they have one thing in common, it is that they involve a great deal of spending.According to Mitchell’s website, she wants to do the following:Expand pre-kindergarten servicesto every school district so that children ent ...
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New report calls for Maine to adopt charter schools, school vouchers
A new report from Envision Maine is in the news, with articles about it in the Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News. The BDN even goes so far as to highlight the report in a glowing editorial. (Funny, when we say that government spends to much or that too many people are on welfare, the B ...
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