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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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Educational Service Districts in Maine: Western Maine Educational Collaborative

Educational Service Districts in Maine: Western Maine Educational Collaborative

Read the full report | In January, The Maine Heritage Policy Center released a Maine View report, Education Service Districts: Achieving school administrative cost savings while protecting local control and parental involvement, which called for the creation of regional Educational Service Districts ...
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Education Service Districts: Achieving school administrative cost savings while protecting local control and parental involvement
Read the full report | Buried in Governor John E. Baldacci’s fiscal year 2008-2009 General Fund budget is a policy change that could dramatically alter the face of Maine’s school system and eliminate local control over education. If passed, the administration’s proposed legislation will reduce ...
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