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Reorganization and the Threat to Maine’s Tradition of School Choice

Reorganization and the Threat to Maine’s Tradition of School Choice

Read the full report | Before adjourning its recent session, the state legislature approved a much-needed and long-awaited bill to fix some of the technical and other issues with the controversial school district reorganization law passed last year. With that done, reorganization planning committees ...
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Beyond School District Reorganization: A Vision for Education Reform

Beyond School District Reorganization: A Vision for Education Reform

Read the full report | Just before the December 1st deadline for Maine’s school units to submit their district reorganization plans, the Maine Department of Education released a long-awaited proposal to amend the embattled consolidation law, claiming at the time that the suggested changes would ...
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New York’s BOCES System: A Model for Maine?

New York’s BOCES System: A Model for Maine?

Read the full report | Under the provisions of the school district reorganization law passed last spring, school and community leaders had until December 1 of this year to develop proposals to merge the state’s school administrative units, with the hope of saving millions of taxpayer dollars. As t ...
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How Consolidation Threatens School Choice

How Consolidation Threatens School Choice

Read the full report | What the people of Arrowsic, Georgetown, Phippsburg, West Bath, and Woolwich are being encouraged to do would shock supporters of school choice across the nation, who are working diligently to win the very school choice  rights that people of these communities are being told ...
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The Sinclair Act at 50: What History Tells Us about the Consequences of Consolidation
Read the full report | How much of the following sounds familiar? Maine people were told by the “powers that be” that the state’s schools were too costly. The problem, it was said, was that the educational system supported too many different schools and school districts, which resulted in wast ...
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Maine’s “Town Tuitioning” Program, Milton Friedman’s School Choice Ideal?
Read the full report | Economist Milton Friedman first described his vision for a school voucher program in a 1955 essay titled The Role of Government in Education. Arguing that government operation of schools could not be justified in what he called a “predominantly free enterprise society,” an ...
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Education Service Districts Hold the Key to a Consolidation Compromise

Education Service Districts Hold the Key to a Consolidation Compromise

Read the full report | A better approach is needed Despite months of work, the legislature appears little closer to finding a broadly acceptable approach to generating savings through K-12 consolidation and collaboration than it did when Governor Baldacci first presented his “Local ...
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