Posted on November 16, 2009 by deviger
(Cross Posted @ Augusta Insider)
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree secured $473,000 for developing video conferencing in Maine schools. 12 vocational schools and technical centers in 11 counties will receive part of the grant. The video conferencing technology allows a class to be broadcast to anyone over the network. This broadcast is not one way. The instructor can see and hear every classroom tapped in. In a rural state like Maine, the advantages of this technology become apparent quickly. Continue reading
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Posted on October 30, 2009 by deviger
I’ve just been informed that WCSH 6 and WLBZ 2 will be airing a 6 minute pro and con segment on Question 3 tonight at 6pm. There’s still time to bring the truth and dispell the fears on repealing consolidation. Following the cut is an Op/Ed by Michael Kosowsky, Chair, Five Town CSD School Board. Please spread the truth on repealing consolidation and don’t forget to vote this Tuesday. Continue reading
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Posted on October 26, 2009 by deviger
Your vote is your voice. You can make that voice heard earlier than the rest of the crowd in 9 Maine towns this week. Early voting, which is separate from Maine’s absentee voting program, has been launched to make voting easier and attempt to increase voter turnout. Absentee votes create extra clerical work for town officials. Early voting functions in exactly the same way as when you vote on voting day. Head to the polls, fill in your bubbles or check boxes, and drop your vote in the ballot box. Ballots are locked in a safe at the end of each day.
So if you live in Augusta, Bangor, Cumberland, Falmouth, Gorham, Hallowell, Saco, Scarborough or Standish beat the crowds and vote early. Then on voting day you can kick back and relax. Check your town website for more information.
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Posted on October 25, 2009 by deviger
A post at the Augusta Insider shows that No on 3 has been getting help from corporate interests. Yes on 3 is largely a grassroots movement. This is why they need your help. With a week left until Maine votes, it is important Yes on 3 drums up as much support as possible. Corporate interests, in an effort to kiss up to Governor Baldacci, have thrown in their weight against the interests of Maine communities. It is time to stand up for the little guy, the communities who didn’t have the influence to talk their way into exemptions, and help repeal the current school consolidation law. There are some simple things you can do to help in this final week. Continue reading
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Posted on October 15, 2009 by deviger
The following is Yes On 3′s reply to Gov. Baldacci’s recent email urging Democrats to vote to uphold school consolidation.
Stonington- Repeal of the school consolidation law (question 3 on the ballot) will not cost Maine taxpayers one cent. There is significant information which suggests that there is no net cost savings to school consolidation.
Gov. John Baldacci is making incorrect claims about the cost of repealing his failed school consolidation mandate. He is trying to confuse voters by saying the $37 million which was cut from state aid to schools as part of the school consolidation law is really savings. “Even his own staff knows that is not correct,” said Skip Greenlaw, head of the Maine Coalition to Save Schools, which collected 61,193 signatures needed to put repeal on the Nov. 3 ballot. “Basically, the governor needed to cut $37 million in expenditures to balance his budget last year,” Greenlaw said. “Now he’s trying to influence the outcome of the referendum vote by rewriting history.” The reality is that by voting Yes on question 3 to repeal consolidation, Mainers will save money now and in the future. Voters in 125 communities understood the issue of costs and savings when they rejected the mandate despite the threat of penalties that are scheduled to go into effect next year. Consolidation in most areas of the state cost more than it saves. Continue reading
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Posted on October 15, 2009 by deviger
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills has just released her assessment of how LD 1020 (the same-sex marriage law) will impact Maine public school curricula. AG Mills has gone over Maine laws related to education with a fine toothed comb looking if they have even the slightest mention of teaching about marriage of any sort in public schools. It should be no surprise that her search turned up nothing. So why should we believe that same-sex marriage will suddenly be forced upon our children in public school? We shouldn’t. Continue reading
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Posted on October 13, 2009 by deviger
From the Maine Coalition to Save Schools
The Five Town CSD school board has voted to adopt a proclamation supporting repeal of the school consolidation law on Nov. 3 – a grassroots approach it is urging other districts to take.
The vote of the CSD, based in Camden, was unanimous. A group of citizens is raising money to get the proclamation printed in the local paper.
Board member Betsy Saltonstall, who worked on the proclamation, said it is important that boards opposed to the consolidation law urge residents to get out and vote yes on Question 3. Continue reading
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Posted on October 9, 2009 by deviger
Robert Webster of Blue Hill posted this comment earlier today on a piece featuring a statement from Rep. Seth Berry on school consolidation. Mr. Webster has given his statement as to why the school consolidation law should be repealed. You can read Mr. Webster’s full statement after the cut.
The consolidation law should be repealed. A “yes” vote on Question #3 will restore fairness to the organization of school systems in Maine. Mandated consolidation does not work for rural areas. People throughout Maine should recognize and honor the votes of over 200 communities that rejected consolidation. Large school systems will not meet the needs of eastern and northern Maine. Continue reading
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Posted on October 8, 2009 by deviger
Before Maine House Majority Whip Seth Berry
(D-Bowdoinham) served in the legislature he taught students in New York City. Rep. Berry has also acted as a consulting teacher in MSAD #57 and other schools in Maine. With less than a month until Mainers decide whether or not to repeal school consolidation, voters need all the information they can get on Question 3. Rep. Berry has provided his thoughts on school consolidation, from its inception in 2007 to the present. View Rep. Berry’s full statement after the cut. Continue reading
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