Paul LePage on Education



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At least three states have repealed using the Common Core standards and in April 2013, the Republican National Committee adopted a resolution opposing the standards [including a possible repeal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

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

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

Supports vouchers, local control and charter schools

He will work for a voucher system that allows students and their parents to pick the school that work best for them. Paul will also fight for charter schools so students have an alternative to public education. Parents and locally elected school board members should have decision-making power over their students' curriculum. Instead of top-down mandates, Paul will empower local officials to develop responsible education plans.
Source: 2010 Gubernatorial campaign website lepage2010.com , Nov 1, 2010

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