Five-Town District backs repeal proclamation

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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A Blue Hill Resident on School Consolidation

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 Webster has given his statement as to why the school consolidation law should be repealed.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The consolidation law should be repealed.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

Representative Seth Berry on School Consolidation

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

350 Maine Lawyers Support No on 1

The campaign against same-sex marriage is becoming unraveled.  Nearly every single argument that has been publicly made in favor of a Yes vote on Question 1 has been refuted.  The claims of rising lawsuits, loss of tax exemptions, and same-sex marriage being forced on school children have all been proven wrong many times over.  (Check out my archives, Dirigo Blue, Maine Politics, Bill Nemitz, and numerous news paper Op/Eds for proof)  If you can’t see that the claims made by Yes on 1 are completely false the you just don’t want to.  Today over 350 lawyers from all over Maine have come together to urge voters to vote No on 1.  The lawyers have called the S4MM ads “blatant distortions of the law” and break down once and for all legally breakdown what LD 1020 will and wont do.  Read the full statement after the cut.  Continue reading

Yes On 3 Wants Your Story Heard

Have a story about how school consolidation has impacted your district?  The Repeal Consolidation campaign would like to have your story.  Here is your chance to make your opinion heard.  More details in the statement below.

Good afternoon everyone,

I have had a number of e-mails this weekend telling me about various stories about consolidation in your town.

It is very important that all these stories get onto our website and also onto the facebook account which is listed at the bottom of our home page.

Please forward any information about the problems your town has faced with consolidation.   Please send these stories with your permission to print them to our website: please go to the “contact us” page, fill in the story and click “submit information”.  [You can also send your stories] to the facebook page at pstonge@roadrunner.com.

Please pass the word on to your friends all over the state so that we can tell everyone “our story”.  Even if you have an opinion about consolidation, please feel free to send it.  This is also a gentle reminder to write letters to the editor.

I welcome and encourage any suggestions which will help us tell “our story”.

Thank you,

Skip

Separating Same-Sex Marriage Fact From Fiction

Earlier, Dirigo Blue posted part of a Bangor Daily News editorial on Question 1.  The post contained a piece of the Op/Ed which addressed the claim by Yes on 1 that gay marriage will be forced to be taught to children in Maine schools if the people’s veto fails.  Those claims are false, as the Op/Ed points out.  You can read the excerpt from Dirigo Blue here.  The Op/Ed goes on to question more of the validity of the Yes on 1 claims.  It is important here to separate fact from speculations and outright falsehoods.  The remainder of Op/Ed will appear after the cut.  Continue reading

Yes On 3 Asks Maine to Start Over

The Yes on 3 campaign to repeal school consolidation believes that the “experiment” is not working.  Political manipulation have allowed some districts to remain exempt while others are threatened Yes on 3 says.  School consolidation, they say, is too rigid, has saved no money, and must be repealed so that a better plan can be put in place.  Read the most recent statement from Yes on 3 after the cut. Continue reading