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A Floor or a Ceiling? A Brief History of the Essential Programs and Services Model
Read the full report | In January of this year, Maine’s State Planning Office released its annual “LD1 Progress Report,” which found that Maine’s school districts had demonstrated a high level of “divergence” from the expenditure targets set by LD 1. Eighty-eight percent of the school d ...
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Transparency-Shedding Light on Government Activities II: The Hidden LD 1 Cost-Shift
Read the full report | In the spring of 2005, the Legislature passed LD 1, which promised to ease property tax burdens by increasing the state’s share of K-12 spending statewide. While the state did increase its financial commitment to education, it also shifted much of the funding for a number of ...
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