What is the truth about really boosting educational equity?

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In November voters in Maine will have a chance to vote for passage of Question 2 – Stand Up for Students – an initiative that would help local school districts provide a strong, equitable education for all Maine students. Passage of the initiative would mean the Legislature would fund education in all districts in Maine […]

Mike Pence supports bill that threatens school lunch quality

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Donald Trump’s Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence favors passage of a bill that would make it harder for poor children in the USA to receive school lunches and would allow all children in school to make nutritionally questionable decisions. The bill, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), and known as the “Improving Child Nutrition […]

Maine’s opiate crisis is impacting our children

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Maine has an opiate and heroin addiction crisis, and it’s impacting our children. Some of them are born addicted; others suffer the results of living with parents who are addicted. As a teacher I am trained to help children develop intellectually, socially, and emotionally. My fellow teachers and I work hard and try to do […]

Maine’s new economy depends on education innovators

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On June 30 a group of 150 educators and innovators gathered at Bowdoin College for a day-long discussion of ‘the critical role of education innovators in supporting a new economy in Maine’. The gathering was convened by Alan Caron of the non-profit Envision Maine, with sponsorship or partnership from twelve organizations, including Maine Community Foundation, […]

Prioritizing education = equitable, adequate schools

I read with dismay Jake Bleiberg’s June 24th story in the Bangor Daily News about the poor condition of four of Portland’s elementary schools – Presumpscot, Longfellow, Reiche and Lyseth – and about unsuccessful efforts dating back two decades to have the schools renovated. The article describes some serious problems – no space for Special […]

Vote today for the legislator who will fight for equitable education in Maine

Today is election day in Maine. When you vote – as I urge you to do – choose the candidate who understands the importance of fighting to create an equitable, outstanding education system for all Mainers. Our economy and the health of our state depend on a universally well-educated electorate. We should not continue to […]

Maine’s first public language immersion program

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I spent the morning of May 4th at Lyseth Elementary School in Portland to see Maine’s first public language immersion program in action. I came away immensely impressed. I observed a math class where students in first grade were communicating enthusiastically about geometry in Spanish; I watched a kindergarten class where students were happily talking […]