Op-Ed: Government mandates to blame for decline of Maine education


Following the release of Maine Policy Institute’s new report on the decline of Maine K-12 education earlier this week, the Maine Department of Education responded by trying to discredit both the report and the National Assessment of Educational Progress, an important piece of data used in the analysis.

The report itself is not an attack on Maine’s current DOE. Rather, it tells a story of decadeslong decline in Maine classrooms due to mandates that disrupt learning, for which prominent politicians at all levels of government – on both sides of the aisle – are responsible.

Click here to read the full article in the Portland Press Herald written by Maine Policy research fellow, Jonah Davids.