Proposed Rules & Rule Changes

As a state agency, the Maine Department of Education is charged with adopting rules to implement laws passed by the Maine Legislature. This page lists the rule chapters to which the Department is proposing changes and the rule chapters the Department is proposing for the first time.

This page also contains rule changes proposed by the State Board of Education. All proposed rules and rule changes below have been filed by the Maine DOE unless otherwise specified.

The Department adopts all rules in accordance with Maine's Administrative Procedure Act, which requires public and legislative notice of rulemaking and the submission of all major substantive rules to the Legislature for review and approval.

Note: A provisionally adopted rule is the version of the rule the Maine DOE sends to the Legislature for final adoption. A provisionally adopted rule has gone through a process that offers the public an opportunity to comment.

Chapter 13

  • Rule Title: Qualifying Examinations for Teachers, Educational Specialists and Administrators
  • Filing Agency: This is a rule of the State Board of Education.
  • Action Proposed: Rule Revision
  • Notice: Published May 22, 2013
  • Rule Status: Finally Adopted, Effective July 31, 2013
  • Rule Language: Secretary of State's Rule Chapters

Chapter 33

Chapter 38

  • Rule Title: Suicide Awareness and Prevention in Maine Public Schools
  • Action Proposed: Rule Adoption
  • Notice: Published May 22, 2014  
  • Comment Deadline: June 20, 2014
  • Rule Status: Finally Adopted, Effective June 29, 2014
  • Rule Language: Secretary of State's Rule Chapters 

Chapter 61

  • Rule Title: Rules for Major Capital School Construction Projects
  • Filing Agency: This is a rule of the State Board of Education.
  • Action Proposed: Rule Revision
  • Notice: Published Oct. 17, 2012
  • Rule Status: Finally Adopted, Effective Aug. 17, 2013
  • Rule Language: Secretary of State's Rule Chapters

Chapter 64

  • Rule Title: Maine School Facilities Program and School Revolving Renovation Fund
  • Filing Agency: This is a joint rule of the Maine Department of Education and the Maine Municipal Bond Bank
  • Action Proposed: Rule Revision
  • Notice: September 11, 2014
  • Comment Deadline: October 24, 2014
  • Rule Status: Proposed Routine Technical Revisions authorized by Public Law 2013 Chapter 506
  • Rule Language: Proposed Chapter 64 Language 

Chapter 101

Chapter 115

  • Rule Title: Certification, Authorization and Approval of Education Personnel, Part I and Part II
  • Filing Agency: This is a rule of the State Board of Education.
  • Action Proposed: Rule Revision
  • Notice: Published Nov. 21, 2013
  • Rule Status: Finally Adopted, Effective May 14, 2014
  • Rule Language: Secretary of State’s Rule Chapters  http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/05/chaps05.htm

Chapter 180

View all Maine DOE rule chapters on the Secretary of State's website.