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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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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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Inside Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part 9
Part D(3) of the state's Race to the Top application is related to “ensuring equitable distribution of effective teachers and principals,” by which the Obama administration means ensuring “that students in high-poverty and/or high-minority schools have equitable access to highly effective teac ...
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Inside Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part 5
The second major section of the Race to the Top application relates to “standards and assessments,” and while this section of the application is rather long, there isn’t a whole lot of note to report, frankly.In fact, most of Maine's response to the first part of  this section of the applicat ...
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Live Blogging the first meeting of the “Joint Select Committee on  Health Care Reform Opportunities and Implementation”
*Start at the bottom and read up3:05: Adjournment. No date set for the next meeting, and really, why bother?  The committee sees its role very clearly: the soon-to-be outgoing administration will plow ahead, and the committee will meet periodically so it can be told what the administration i ...
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Testimony Against Anti-Citizen Initiative Bills

Testimony Against Anti-Citizen Initiative Bills

Read the full report | Tarren Bragdon, the CEO of The Maine Heritage Policy Center, delivered testimony last week in Augusta to oppose three bills that have been introduced to hinder the citizens initiative process, making it more difficult for Mainers to have their voices heard on important issues ...
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$100 a day and what do you get…

$100 a day and what do you get…

With the legislature's most recent tax-increasing outrage dominating the news from Augusta, it may have escaped the attention of the public that as of yesterday, the 17th, our intrepid legislators are getting paid $100 per day in Special Session pay. The legislature has been in session since early J ...
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OPEGA to remain in place – for now…

OPEGA to remain in place – for now…

The budget passed by majority vote in the legislature on Monday slashed staff and funding for OPEGA but left the agency intact and, more importantly, removed language in the original majority report that merged OPEGA, which is governed by a bipartisan committee, with the legislature's Office of Fisc ...
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NCSL: Junket or Conference?

NCSL: Junket or Conference?

Was NCSL trip for 32 Legislators a Conference or a Junket? Well, The 2007 NCSL Conference has finally come to an end.The 9,700 attendees have finally recovered from 4 days of being wined and dined, and have likely returned to their home states. If you remember, a few weeks ago, I suggested (to the P ...
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