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February 25, 2015 Acting Education Commissioner To Visit Baxter Academy Public Charter School

February 2, 2015 Acting Education Commissioner To Visit Auburn Schools

January 20, 2015 Nominations Open for 2016 Maine Teacher of the Year

December 10, 2014 Maine DOE Awarded $14.8 Million To Expand Public Preschool Access

December 4, 2014 Maine High School Students Show Improvements In Math, Writing and Science Scores

October 2, 2014 Longtime Skowhegan Special Educator Maine’s 2015 Teacher of the Year

September 11, 2014 Maine Partnership Receives National Honor For Serving Military-Connected Children

June 11, 2014 Maine Department of Education Awards South Portland’s Kaler Elementary $1.6 Million For School Improvement

May 28, 2014 State Supports Proficiency-Based Diplomas, Offers Districts Implementation Flexibility

May 23, 2014 Education Commissioner to Speak at Merrymeeting Adult Education Graduation

May 15, 2014 Maine Department of Education Releases 2014 Report Cards, Congratulates High Performing and High Progress Schools

May 12, 2014 Education Commissioner Celebrates Washington County School Improvements On First Day of Report Card Rollout Tour

April 3, 2014 Maine High School Graduation Rates Continue to Climb

April 1, 2014 Maine Department of Education Prepares 2014 School Report Cards, Outlines Changes

March 26, 2014 Maine Department of Education Opens Registration To All Maine High School Students For Free Online AP Classes

March 24, 2014 Maine Department of Education Releases Elementary Student Assessment Results

March 19, 2014 Maine Department of Education Bridges Transition To College, Careers With $500,000 In Grants

March 17, 2014 Maine Department of Education Selects Student Artwork For MLTI Screensavers

March 3, 2014 Education Commissioner Applauds Expansion of Student Learning Opportunities

February 11, 2014 Nominations Sought for 2015 Maine Teacher of the Year

February 4, 2014 Governor LePage, Maine Department of Education and Schools Recognize Digital Learning Day

January 31, 2014 Maine Department of Education Seeks Summer Food Site Sponsors

January 30, 2014 Maine Charter Commission Advances Applications, Schedules Public Hearings

January 8, 2014 Maine Youth Report Healthier Habits, Struggles With Depression

December 9, 2013 Governor LePage, Acting Education Commissioner Rier Recognize Computer Science Education Week

December 4, 2013 Charter Commission Receives Applications For 4 New Schools

November 13, 2013 Maine’s Department of Education Reports Record Number of Mainers Earning High School Credential

October 30, 2013 Education Commissioner Applauds Strong Start of New Maine Charter Schools

October 21, 2013 Maine’s Department of Education, University Launch First Statewide Autism Resource, Research Institute

October 16, 2013 Maine High School Students Show Improved Proficiency In Math, Reading

October 11, 2013 Mainers Finalists For Nation’s Top Teaching Award In Math, Science

October 9, 2013 School Transfer Decisions Refocused On Best Interest of Maine Students

October 11, 2012 Maine releases latest ed accountability results

September 17, 2012 School choice group explores options for students

September 11, 2012 Communities asked to create local literacy plans

September 10, 2012 Two Maine schools receive national recognition

September 10, 2012 Poland teacher named 2013 Teacher of the Year

August 15, 2012 Seeking public feedback on education plan

January 30, 2012 Report calls for expanded access to college courses for high school students

January 17, 2012 Bowen unveils strategic education plan
“Education Evolving” lays out plan to engage students, give them more say in how they learn

December 5, 2011 Ed Commissioner asks public for ideas on school accountability and recognition
Public forums, online feedback will be used in request for federal flexibility

October 28, 2011 Maine wins $3.35m to improve special education teacher training
Federal grant will increase the ranks of highly qualified teachers working with special-needs students

October 24, 2011 Bowen presents $25,000 Milken Award to Yarmouth teacher
Surprise! Morgan Cuthbert receives the prestigious award in front of students and colleagues

October 19, 2011 Maine submits Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge application
State seeks $32 million to ensure high-quality early learning and development experiences for children before kindergarten

September 14, 2011 Maine selected to lead effort on new science standards
Students will benefit from the state’s leadership role in national effort on education standards

August 31, 2011 Teachers take active role in focus on training
Schools for Excellence initiative piloted at 18 Maine schools with focus on training and incentives

June 3, 2011 Maine DOE: Awardees Recognized for Helping Students at Risk
Commissioner Bowen honors 10 who make a difference in Blaine House ceremony

March 29, 2011 2012 Teacher of the Year Semi-finalists Announced
Six teachers move to second stage

December 14, 2010 Waterville Teacher Finalist for National Award
Laurette Darling of Albert Hall School could win Presidential Award for her science teaching

December 13, 2010 Groups Needed to Feed Hungry Children Over Summer
Local organizations and federal funds fill the gap

August 20, 2010 Governor Baldacci Submits Application for Additional Federal Education Funding
Release from Governor John Baldacci's office

August 5, 2010 Governor Praises Students for Science, Math Achievements
Two head to nationally acclaimed science camp, six represent Maine at national design competition, and one represents the U.S. in an international water prize competition

July 20, 2010 State Education Board Elects New Chair, Vice Chair
James Banks, Sr., and Steven Pound, Ph.D., stepped up on July 1

May 3, 2010 Faherty Sworn in as Acting Commissioner
Deputy Commissioner Angela Faherty takes helm at Department of Education

April 14, 2010 Gendron Accepts National Position
Deputy Commissioner Faherty to become acting commissioner

March 30, 2010 DOE Releases School Data
The list shows achievement and progress on state testing

March 25, 2010 Exciting News from Falmouth Fourth Graders
Vote for the only Maine school to be a finalist in the America’s Greenest School contest!

March 15, 2010 2011 Teacher of the Year Semi-finalists Announced
Five teachers move on in selection process

March 10, 2010 Seeking Input on Application for Federal Ed Funds
DOE to hold five regional meetings starting March 17

March 9, 2010 Maine DOE: Federal Funds Available for Persistently Low Achieving Schools
10 schools identified under federal criteria

March 5, 2010 Teachers Honored in State House Ceremony
Governor praises Teacher of the Year Nominees

February 10, 2010 AP Participation, Successes Increase
Maine exceeds nation in percentage of students scoring 3 or above

February 2, 2010 Results Released from First NECAP Testing in Maine
Maine joined testing consortium last year to save more than $1 million annually

January 29, 2010 Maine Recognized for Improvements in School Nutrition
Focus on childhood obesity

January 25, 2010 Governor Joins Celebration of College Transitions Success
As enrollment soars in adult college transition program, university and community college systems join Adult Ed in agreement to expand collaboration.

January 8, 2010 Educators, Public Invited to Education Reform Session
International expert in standards-based education, education commissioner to explain Maine’s work with RISC

January 7, 2010 You Can Nominate Maine’s Next Teacher of the Year
Nominations accepted through January 29

January 6, 2010 Waiver Extension Gives Schools Flexibility
Schools would not have to raise minimum local required share for 2010-11


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