Portsmouth Herald: Baldacci’s Maine school consolidation idea unravels
A couple of weeks ago, the Brunswick Times Record became one of the few major papers to editorialize against the state’s school system consolidation plan. Today, the Portsmouth Herald joins in, finding that the troubles that Maine’s southernmost towns are having with the new law reveal its deep flaws.
When Maine Gov. John Baldacci first announced his plans to consolidate Maine’s school districts last spring, we were optimistic. In a far-flung state where it is not uncommon to find districts with as few as 300 students, a little district tightening, we reasoned, might not be a bad thing. But the devil, as they say, is in the details; and the details — as it is becoming increasingly clear — are creating a mess.
Read the full editorial here.