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Freeport School Board shoots down consolidation plan
As I related yesterday, the consolidation plan for Freeport, Durham and Pownal has generated opposition among folks in Freeport, who feel as though they are paying too high a share of the cost of the new district and are concerned that the influx of high school students from the other two towns coul ...
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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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Portsmouth Herald: Baldacci’s Maine school consolidation idea unravels
A couple of weeks ago, the Brunswick Times Record became one of the few major papers to editorialize against the state's schoolsystem consolidation plan.Today, the Portsmouth Herald joins in, finding that the troubles that Maine's southernmost towns are having with the new law reveal its deep flaws. ...
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BDN – Greenville’s small school a key to its community
The BDN features a very good front page article this morning about how well the Greenville school has done despite its small size. Check out these statistics from the article: Greenville High School is known for its high performance and academic excellence. It was recognized by Newsweek magazine las ...
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Is Bigger that Much Better? School District Size, High School Completion, and Post-Secondary Enrollment Rates in Maine
Read the full report | If recent news stories from across Maine are any indication, opposition to the state-mandated school district consolidation effort is growing. Communities are finding that instead of saving money, consolidation may result in massive cost increases. Questions regarding the owne ...
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Lincoln County News: Consolidation work “nightmarish”
I post this story because I think this may be the first time the word "nightmarish" has shown up in the newspapers in a story about current efforts to consolidate Maine's school districts.To hear the Department of Education tell it, all is going well as the regional committees begin work developing ...
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Saving Our Small Schools: Is Privatization an Option?

Saving Our Small Schools: Is Privatization an Option?

Read the full report | Maine’s small schools are in danger. Though legislators deliberating Governor Baldacci’s school system consolidation proposal could have found other ways to generate administrative savings within and among Maine schools, they instead voted to force existing school units 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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