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April 21, 2014 via Bangor Daily News

Maine’s first virtual charter school needs 200 applications to open next year

FALMOUTH, Maine — The first virtual charter school authorized by the Maine Charter Commission is on schedule to open in 2014-15, though it needs to receive almost 200 more applications by August, according to an organizer of the school. Full article

April 18, 2014 via Bangor Daily News

Nine new LePage vetoes include lawmakers’ changes to his mining and educator evaluation rules

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage vetoed teacher evaluation rules that have been under development for more than two years as well as a bill that calls for a redo of controversial large-scale metallic mineral mining rules amid a crop of nine new vetoes issued Friday afternoon. Full article

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

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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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