Should Maine Cut School Days to Cut Costs?

Maine is in a budget crunch. That isn’t news to anyone, including educators. Education takes the biggest slice of the pie (40% of the state budget), so it is sure to face cuts.  That isn’t news either.  With a $66 million budget gap on their minds, lawmakers gathered yesterday to discuss what cuts could be made to make ends meet.  “In all likelihood, we need to be prepared to bear a portion of the revenue shortfall,” said Education Commissioner Sue Gendron.  “I was clear with the superintendents — I don’t know how much that is, and that I’ve not been given direction as to what the target is.” One suggestion to cut costs has been school shutdown days.  Continue reading

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Telephone Press Conference Tomorrow With Educators On Question 1

Educators and Legislatures will gather tomorrow to speak on same-sex marriage in Maine.  They will be available for a phone conference beginning at 4pm.  The purpose of the conference is to address myths and falsehoods surrounding same-sex marriage in Maine and our schools.  No On 1/Protect Maine Equality is hosting the event.  More information after the cut. Continue reading

The MEA Anti-TABOR Horror Show

A new anti-TABOR pdf has begun circulating around the web.  I came across the piece at Behind Blue Lines.  There have been a lot of editorials for and against TABOR lately.  This one is likely to draw a bit more attention then others.  This new anti-TABOR invokes some strong imagery.  You might think TABOR was the next Jason or Michael Meyers after reading this piece.  Where does this new anti-TABOR work come from?  The MEA Continue reading