THE MAINE HERITAGE POLICY CENTER
Empowering Students, Achieving Results: Three reform approaches that would bring greater accountability to Maine’s institutions of higher education
Read the full report | Maine has a higher education problem. Attorney and Bangor native Eliot Cutler, a former White House official, recently delivered a well-received lecture at the University of Southern Maine, outlining the significant challenges the state faces in its effort to make opportuniti ...
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Is Maine’s Public University System Meeting Needs of the Private Sector?

Is Maine’s Public University System Meeting Needs of the Private Sector?

Read the full report | According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Maine state government spent $715,163,000 on higher education in FY 2006—$544 for every man, women and child in the state. Most of this money went to support the University of Maine system. However, are Maine taxpayers getting a good re ...
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Improving Civic Education in Maine’s Public Colleges and Universities

Improving Civic Education in Maine’s Public Colleges and Universities

Read the full report | Last year, the Delaware-based Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) published a report titled Failing Our Students, Failing America: Holding Colleges Accountable for Teaching America’s History and Institutions. As with the Institute’s 2006 study on civic education at the ...
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Reforming Teacher Pay in Maine – Part 2 Making Alternative Teacher Compensation Systems Work
Read the full report | As The Maine Heritage Policy Center described in a recent Maine View policy brief entitled Reforming Teacher Pay in Maine - Part 1: How Alternative Teacher Compensation Systems are Improving Student Outcomes, one of the efforts being made to improve the quality of the teacher ...
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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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Maine’s Laptop Program is Improving Student Writing? Not so fast…

Maine’s Laptop Program is Improving Student Writing? Not so fast…

Read the full report | On October 24, 2007, the Maine Education Policy Research Institute at the University of Southern Maine released a report which claimed that the state’s five-year-old middle-school laptop program was “creating better writers.” It backed up this conclusion with three sets ...
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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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The Promise of Public Charter Schools: Closing Maine’s Achievement Gap

The Promise of Public Charter Schools: Closing Maine’s Achievement Gap

Read the full report | Last summer, in the midst of high school graduation season, Education Week Magazine released the results of an extensive, nationwide study of high school graduation rates. Among their conclusions was a finding that Maine’s long-celebrated above average high school graduation ...
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