Gov. Paul LePage and his education commissioner today unveiled a plan they say is designed to "revitalize" Maine's education system. That follows a recent Harvard study that ranked Maine poorly as measured by the growth of academic test scores. In announcing the plan, LePage was critical of Maine's educational establishment, from superintendents and school boards to principals and teachers.
Gov. LePage was joined by Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen in announcing three broad education initiatives. First is a new system to hold schools accountable and to ensure that students are getting the education they need. Second is the development of best practices for schools, from teaching to administration. And third is a continuation of his goal to expand school choice in the state.
"We have to do what's best for our students, and we have to have the most highest quality teacher in the classroom," LePage said. "Then we begin to have common ground that we can solve these barriers, or these silos, that have been up for years."