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The MEA comes after Paul LePage

The MEA comes after Paul LePage

Looks like Al Diamon isn't the only one who sees Waterville mayor Paul LePage as the one to beat in the race to be Maine's next governor.The Maine Education Association is coming after LePage in an op-ed in today's Bangor Daily News.The author of the piece, Joyce Blakney, is identified by the BDN as ...
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The Empire Strikes Back: Brenda Harvey’s assault on MHPC’s Welfare Report
Even in a small state like this, it is amazing what happens to you when you dare to question state agencies and departments about the work they do. For an example, one need only look at how Brenda Harvey, the commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has responded to ...
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Steps to Fix Maine’s Welfare System

Steps to Fix Maine’s Welfare System

As Tarren has made clear, Maine faces an unsustainable explosion in welfare dependence.In our research, we have identified a handful of state policies that we feel have been instrumental in expanding the welfare rolls.Maine has some of the most liberal eligibility limits in the country, allowing peo ...
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Maine’s Race to the Top “Report Card” is out and it is not pretty.
The U.S. Department of Education has released the scoring data for the second round of the Race to the Top competition and why Maine ended up ranking near the very bottom of states that applied in this last round is becoming much clearer.According to the detailed score sheet the feds released, Maine ...
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Maine ranks 33rd out of 36 Race to the Top states in Round 2 scoring
As readers of this blog will recall, Maine applied for the second round of grants under the federal Race to the Top program earlier this year and did not even make it to the final round.  I did a series of blog posts on the state's application, ultimately coming to conclude that the application was ...
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Maine’s Race to the Top application doesn’t make the cut…
According to Education Week, we're out.More later... ...
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Maine’s Race to the Top Application – the Final Analysis
So after 12,000 words of analysis spread over 14 blog entries, what is my bottom line on Maine’s Race to the Top application?We’ll evidently find out Monday whether we are a finalist or not, and though I am hesitant to make a prediction, my guess is that Maine won’t even make it to that final ...
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Inside Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part 14
The last section of the Race the Top application describes “Competition Priorities,” which appear to be issues that the U.S. Department of Education wants to see addressed in the applications but which apparently don’t warrant entire sections to themselves.  Applicants are therefore to briefl ...
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Inside Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part 13
As we near the end of the state’s Race to the Top application – only 10 pages remain that we have yet to review – my sense is that we need a strong finish.  The application has been uneven - solid in some parts, but embarrassingly weak in others. With the last couple of sections of the applic ...
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Inside Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part 12
Part F of the state’s Race to the Top application is a catch-all section touching on school funding, charter schools, and other school reform approaches that may not have been addressed elsewhere in the application.The first part of this section, worth 10 points, relates to school funding, and ask ...
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