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Among the school reformers…

Among the school reformers…

So how far behind is Maine in terms of school reform?Way behind.Though I knew this already and have been banging this drum for what seems like years at this point, I was reminded of it once again while at the annual policy meeting of the Policy Innovators in Education Network, which took place last ...
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New report calls for Maine to adopt charter schools, school vouchers
A new report from Envision Maine is in the news, with articles about it in the Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News. The BDN even goes so far as to highlight the report in a glowing editorial. (Funny, when we say that government spends to much or that too many people are on welfare, the B ...
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Maine ranks 33rd out of 36 Race to the Top states in Round 2 scoring
As readers of this blog will recall, Maine applied for the second round of grants under the federal Race to the Top program earlier this year and did not even make it to the final round.  I did a series of blog posts on the state's application, ultimately coming to conclude that the application was ...
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Maine’s Race to the Top Application – the Final Analysis
So after 12,000 words of analysis spread over 14 blog entries, what is my bottom line on Maine’s Race to the Top application?We’ll evidently find out Monday whether we are a finalist or not, and though I am hesitant to make a prediction, my guess is that Maine won’t even make it to that final ...
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Inside Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part 14
The last section of the Race the Top application describes “Competition Priorities,” which appear to be issues that the U.S. Department of Education wants to see addressed in the applications but which apparently don’t warrant entire sections to themselves.  Applicants are therefore to briefl ...
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Inside Maine’s Race to the Top application, Part 13
As we near the end of the state’s Race to the Top application – only 10 pages remain that we have yet to review – my sense is that we need a strong finish.  The application has been uneven - solid in some parts, but embarrassingly weak in others. With the last couple of sections of the applic ...
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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 11
Section E of the state’s Race to the Top application deals with “turning around the lowest-achieving schools,” and is divided into two sections. In the first section, the state must describe the statutory authority it has to “intervene directly” in the state’s “persistently lowest-achi ...
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Libby Mitchell responds to Cutler op-ed…

Libby Mitchell responds to Cutler op-ed…

Yesterday, I suggested that gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler's recent Bangor Daily News op-ed raking Sen. Libby Mitchell and the Maine Education Association over the coals might be an indication that education issues will play a central role in the fall campaigns. I also suggested that in that d ...
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Education issues to take center stage in Governor’s race?
I want to take a quick time-out from my ongoing analysis of Maine's Race to the Top application in order to discuss a fiery op-ed from gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler, which was recently published by the Bangor Daily News.In the piece, Cutler comes out swinging at Maine Education Association, w ...
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