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April 15, 2014 via Press Herald

Maine bill to halt virtual charter schools fails in House

AUGUSTA — A bill that seeks to halt the establishment of virtual charter schools in Maine has failed final passage in the House of Representatives. Full article

April 14, 2014 via MPBN

Maine Virtual Charter Schools Bill Hits Roadblock

An effort to establish so-called "virtual" charter schools in Maine hit a major roadblock in Augusta today, as the Maine House approved a moratorium on online public school classes. Full article

April 7, 2014 via Boston.com

Maine lawmakers back teacher evaluation rules

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers have endorsed proposed guidelines for local school districts to create teacher evaluation systems. Full article

April 3, 2014 via Bangor Daily News

Maine Education Association seeks moratorium on new standardized tests

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Education Association is calling for a moratorium on new standardized tests scheduled to be given to students next year as part of the state’s implementation of the Common Core, education standards which have been adopted by 44 states and the District of Columbia. Full article

March 30, 2014 via Kennebec Journal

Maine students piloting new tests based on Common Core

A day after the public got a look at results from the standardized tests Maine has used since 2009, thousands of teachers and students were introduced to the replacement for those tests. Full article

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March 20, 2014 posted by Matthew Speno

Strong Teacher Evaluations for Maine Educators

As a culture, we demand successful schools. Unfortunately, in the US, the odds are stacked against the progress of a student’s learning. Read more

March 3, 2014 posted by Ben Grant

Recognizing and Rewarding Great Teachers

Every child deserves to be taught by a great teacher; however, Maine can do more to recognize and reward current teachers. That is why I testified in support of the provisionally adopted Chapter 180 rules “Performance Evaluations and Professional Growth Systems.” Read more

February 21, 2014 posted by Ben Grant

Jim Rier - Fantastic news for Maine’s students

Last week the State Senate confirmed Jim Rier to become the next Commissioner of the Maine Department of Education (DOE). In my opinion, there isn’t a better man for the job. Read more

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