Column in the Ellsworth American


Our friends at the Ellsworth American were gracious enough to print a column of mine on school consolidation:
In Education, Bigger Is Not Always Better
Written by Stephen Bowen
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
This Friday marks the first major deadline in the state’s quest to merge Maine’s many small local school districts into large regional ones. School units are required to share with the state’s education commissioner by that day how they intend to comply with the new school district consolidation law.
One hopes that the districts will draw inspiration from Brig. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe, commander of U.S. Army forces inside the besieged city of Bastogne during the WWII Battle of the Bulge, who famously replied to a German request for his surrender of the city with one word: “Nuts!