MEA’s Revealing Opinon on Consolidation

The latest Education Intelligence Agency Communique picked up on the piece I wrote criticizing the Maine Education Association leadership for ignoring school consolidation.  The EIA noted that the MEA has failed to “articulate a position on school district consolidation”.  Another MEA, the Michigan Education Association, does not seem to be so tight lipped on the issue.  The Michigan EA came to a logical conclusion that would help their members and school systems alike.  Their solution? Don’t consolidate unless the savings is really there and don’t arbitrarily shove districts together.  Sound familiar?  But the MEA (When I use this term further it will now reference the Maine EA unless otherwise noted) had not been completely silent on consolidation.  Thanks to some searching by Brian Hubbell from MDIschools.net, an email stating the MEA’s position on school consolidation has surfaced. Continue reading

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Setting The Record Straight On Question 3

From Yes on 3

Why Maine should vote YES to Repeal the School Consolidation Law

Repealing the law will not cost Maine any money. There was a $36 million reduction in the state budget for education. That money was cut from schools last year and it’s not coming back to the classroom or going anywhere else.

55% of Maine students are in 66 school districts that are unaffected by this law. They are exempt from consolidating because of size, geography, or other special exemptions granted by the DoE. Continue reading

Yes On 3: “We can’t afford these kinds of savings.”

Dick Dyer, a member of the Maine Coalition to Save Schools, believes the current school consolidation law should be repealed.  Large districts, with possibly the most room for savings, were given exemptions because the state government knew they would refuse reorganization.  Small communities’ concerns were brushed aside and they were slapped with penalties like disobedient children.  Governor Baldacci promised large savings from consolidation.  The estimated $36.5 million savings has not been seen.  Many communities have seen unfair cost increases.  Dyer highlights in his release why this sort of “savings” is not something cash strapped communities can afford.  Please read Dick Dyer’s full statement after the cut. Continue reading

Yes On 3: Why You Should Vote Yes on 3 to Repeal Consolidation

Skip Greenlaw of Yes on 3 has released an announcement supporting a repeal of the current consolidation late.  Greenlaw outlines why the law has failed, why it is unfair, how it is too rigid, how it has not saved money but cost communities more, and what the solution to the current law is.  Please read Greenlaw’s full statement after the cut and remember to vote early if you can or on November 3rd. Continue reading