School Consolidation Remains in Place

(Cross-posted @Augusta Insider)

Voters rejected a repeal of school consolidation in Maine yesterday.  Question 3 failed 58% to 42%.  Pundits almost universally predicted Question 3’s failure.  Even those that called victory for Yes on 3 weren’t particularly solid on those predictions.  This was a hard one to game, so it’s understandable.  What do the final numbers tell us about school consolidation and Governor Baldacci?  The answer might not be as obvious as you would think. Continue reading

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Final Statement From Yes on 3

Thank you to everyone who voted Yes on 3 and helped the effort.  Now we work to get the changes made that consolidation needs!  I’ll be doing a full analysis of Question 3 later at the Augusta Insider.  Read a statement from Skip Greenlaw after the cut. Continue reading

Gubernatorial Candidates’ Statements on Question 3

I have been rather vocal about my opinion on Question 3.  I thought it was time to give some others a chance.  I have presented some candidate views on Question 3 in one handy place.  An analysis of these views will be coming this weekend.  Read their views after the cut. (Hat tip to Dirigo Blue for the Dem opinions) Continue reading

Question 3 on 6pm News Tonight

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

Maine PTA Backs Yes on 3

Yes on 3 has received an important endorsement.  The Maine Parent Teacher Association supports a Yes vote on Question 3 to repeal the current school consolidation law.  The MPTA cites reorganized districts unhappy need the right to leave their unions.  Ed Commissioner Gendron has stated that legislation would be quickly enacted to allow successful RSUs to remain together.  Give RSUs without the power of the larger exempt districts the equal right to choose RSUs with REAL savings under rules that work for everyone.  Vote Yes on 3.  Read the MPTA’s statement after the cut. Continue reading

Sen. David Trahan Supports Yes on 3

Repeal consolidation and treat all Mainers fairly

Sen. David Trahan (R-Waldoboro)

Question 3 on the November ballot asks Maine voters to reject the recently enacted law to consolidate Maine schools. This law was over-sold and corrupted by political horse trading, and in time will destroy what remains of Maine’s rural education system.

I ask you to vote Yes on Question 3 to repeal this failed mandate because it isn’t fair and hasn’t worked.

Researchers at the University of Maine have studied the last consolidation effort in this state, the Sinclair Act, and its effect on administration in the 1950s and ‘60s. They found that from 1950 to 1980 administrative costs escalated 406 percent.

From 1960 to 2003, 45 major studies of 792 school consolidations nationwide reported savings for just four systems.

So why consolidate? Power. Consolidation centralizes control in Augusta. Fewer school boards, superintendents and local education advocates mean more state control of education policy and funding. Continue reading

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