State of Maine Archives: on Education


Bruce Poliquin: Expand from 10 charters to more parental choices

Parents, not Washington bureaucrats, are better able to determine the right education for their kids. The best education is closest to home.

I strongly support the widest educational and school choices for students and their parents. Unfortunately, it wasn't until 2012 that Maine students experienced expanded educational choices offered to students in 40 other states. For many years, the teachers union convinced enough Maine legislators to ban publically funded charter schools. Even today, Maine students will benefit from the flexible curriculums of only ten charter schools statewide. Education should be about the children, not the adults.

I have lived and share the educational values of our 2nd District families. I will carry this experience to Washington and fight for local control, student and teacher performance standards, learning excellence, and school choice.

Source: 2014 Maine House campaign website, PoliquinForCongress.com Nov 4, 2014

Eliot Cutler: Try out Common Core standards before tweaking them

Asked whether they would support Common Core State Standards, which detail what public school students should know at the end of each grade through their high school graduation, LePage expressed skepticism of the guidelines he signed into law in 2011, attributing the fall of Massachusetts' public education system from one of the best systems in the country in part to the state's adoption of those standards.

{Opponents Mike Michaud & Eliot] Cutler both diverted attention from the standards, developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, which have been adopted by all but a few states.

"I think teachers are sick of being pushed from pillar to post," Cutler said, advocating trying those standards for a number of years before tweaking them.

At least three states have repealed using the Common Core standards and in April 2013, the Republican National Committee adopted a resolution opposing the standards [including a possible repeal in Maine].

Source: Bangor Daily News on 2014 Maine Gubernatorial debate Oct 20, 2014

Paul LePage: 2011: Signed onto Common Core, but now skeptical

Asked whether they would support Common Core State Standards, which detail what public school students should know at the end of each grade through their high school graduation, LePage expressed skepticism of the guidelines he signed into law in 2011, attributing the fall of Massachusetts' public education system from one of the best systems in the country in part to the state's adoption of those standards.

{Opponents Mike Michaud & Eliot] Cutler both diverted attention from the standards, developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, which have been adopted by all but a few states.

"I think teachers are sick of being pushed from pillar to post," Cutler said, advocating trying those standards for a number of years before tweaking them.

At least three states have repealed using the Common Core standards and in April 2013, the Republican National Committee adopted a resolution opposing the standards [including a possible repeal in Maine].

Source: Bangor Daily News on 2014 Maine Gubernatorial debate Oct 20, 2014

Shenna Bellows: Voucher programs siphon public school money

Supporting Public Education: I wouldn't be in this race if not for the good public education I received. Fully funding our schools, building new ones where they're needed, and hiring more teachers will mean more opportunities for students to succeed no matter where they live or how much money their family earns. I oppose voucher programs that siphon public money to private or religious institutions that don't level the playing field and often exclude the students who most need a chance at a young age. I also oppose the overly onerous new testing requirements mandated by the federal government. No Child Left Behind, supported by Republican Susan Collins, was a huge mistake. It's time to invest in education at the local level again. Public schools helped build the intellectual foundation of this country, and they need to be supported.
Source: 2014 Maine Senate campaign website BellowsForSenate.com Aug 31, 2014

Eliot Cutler: Cautious support for virtual charter schools

Cutler offered cautious support for virtual charter schools. When asked about the poor track record of some charter schools, Cutler said he supports virtual charter schools but does not oppose a one-year moratorium to "fully evaluate alternatives."

Cutler said he supports virtual charter schools in principle as a way to "apply new technologies to improve our kids' futures," and he praised the Maine Charter School Commission, saying it has rigorously vetted the companies that have applied.

"Along with other alternatives, virtual charter schools may improve outcomes for students and families for whom traditional instruction is not working and may add value to public education in Maine," Cutler said, adding that he read the Commission's report "carefully and with great concern."

"Both the commission and the Legislature are coming to grips with the question of how we make good cyber education alternatives available to as many Maine kids as possible," he said.

Source: Maine Sunday Telegram on 2014 Maine gubernatorial race Mar 11, 2014

Paul LePage: Strong support for charter schools, virtual or otherwise

Independent Eliot Cutler offered cautious support for virtual charter schools while the Democratic candidate, Rep. Mike Michaud, said the online schools are "not the right answer." The candidates commented after the Maine Charter School Commission approved the application for Maine Connections Academy and rejected two other virtual charter schools.

Their views differ from that of Gov. Paul LePage, whose strong support for charter schools, virtual or otherwise, has been well-established since he took office in 2011. The Republican governor has pushed for the expansion of school choice and sees charter schools--independently run schools that operate on public dollars but often offer alternative curricula--as an important piece of that.

The State Senate proposed a one-year moratorium on for-profit virtual charter schools. The bill, which could keep Maine Connections Academy from opening this fall, awaits further votes in the Legislature. LePage has said that he would veto any moratorium

Source: Maine Sunday Telegram on 2014 Maine gubernatorial race Mar 11, 2014

Paul LePage: Virtual charter schools are not the right answer

Eliot Cutler offered cautious support for virtual charter schools while Mike Michaud said the online schools are "not the right answer." The candidates commented after the Maine Charter School Commission approved the application for Maine Connections Academy and rejected two other virtual charter schools.

Michaud's campaign spokeswoman said the candidate is less likely to warm up to virtual charter schools, even after a one-year moratorium: "A number of studies have found that virtual charter schools don't serve students well. Students in virtual charter schools failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress at rates that are worse than traditional public schools."

Michaud said he supports technological advances in the classroom but not the virtual charter schools approach. "Maine has an opportunity to create innovative virtual learning tools, but it needs to be done right," he said. "What we need is a student-focused, Maine-based solution that brings innovation to the classroom."

Source: Maine Sunday Telegram on 2014 Maine gubernatorial race Mar 11, 2014

Eliot Cutler: Earlier schooling; longer school year; more school funding

Every child in Maine deserves the opportunity to learn at a great public school. We can ensure the future prosperity of Maine by focusing on educating our children and empowering their teachers and principals. We must improve and expand early childhood education, extend the school calendar by 10 days, encourage parental and community participation, and fix school funding, because the quality of the schools shouldn't be based on what zip code you live in.
Source: 2014 gubernatorial campaign website, CutlerForMaine.com Dec 31, 2013

Eliot Cutler: Pay it Forward, Pay it Back: tuition-free college

Even though Maine's students graduate from high school at among the highest rates in the country, too few go on to study in our universities and community colleges. We've allowed tuition to rise to 13% higher than the national average. Making higher education in Maine more affordable is a sure-fire way to broaden opportunity. We should consider implementing "Pay it Forward, Pay it Back," a plan to create a fund to support tuition-free post-high school education for Maine high school graduates.
Source: 2014 gubernatorial campaign website, CutlerForMaine.com Dec 31, 2013

Charlie Summers: Supports vouchers, charters, magnet schools, standard tests

Source: Maine Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Cynthia Dill: More funding for schools, teachers, and Head Start

Source: Maine 2006 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2006

Angus King: More teacher development; more school construction

Source: Maine Governor 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

Angus King: Include both abstinence and safe sex in sex-ed

Source: Maine Governor 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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