MDIschools Legislative Advocacy - 2011-12

Opposition to Governor's initiatives for "open enrollment" and public funding of religious school tuition

Support of Common Core standards LD 12: Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 131: The Maine Federal, State and Local Accountability Standards, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education

Outcome: Enacted

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Opposition to reduction of teachers’ retirement benefits LD 1043: An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds, and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2012 and June 30, 2013 (GOVERNOR'S BUDGET BILL)

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Opposition to tax credits for parochial and private schools LD 1044: An Act To Allow a Tax Credit for Tuition Paid to Private Schools and LD 1092: An Act To Allow a Tax Credit for Tuition Paid to Private Schools.

Outcome: Bills killed in Legislature.

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Opposition to sub-minimum wage and increased work hours for students LD 1346: An Act To Enhance Access to the Workplace for Minors

Outcome: Bill killed in committee

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Opposition to municipal public subsidy of parochial schools LD 250: An Act To Permit Tuition Subsidies by Municipalities

Outcome: Bill killed in Legislature

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Opposition to mandatory high school choice LD 1283: An Act To Allow Students Choice in High School Enrollment

Outcome: Bill killed in Committee

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Magnet Schools LD 1316: An Act To Expand Magnet Schools in Maine

Outcome: Carried-over to next session

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Opposition to waiver of public school learning results for private schools partnerships: LD 1388: An Act To Allow Schools To Adopt Approved Alternative Curricula

Outcome: Bill killed in Committee

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Opposition to exempting certain taxpayers from education portion of property taxes: LD 1414: An Act To Provide Property Tax Relief for Year-round Residents 67 Years of Age or Older

Outcome: Bill killed in committee

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Opposition to Parent Trigger: LD 1424: An Act To Enhance Parental Roles in Education Choice

Outcome: Bill killed in Committee

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Opposition to mandating state approval of local curriculum materials: LD 1425: An Act To Protect the Quality and Integrity of Maine's Educational Materials

Outcome: Bill killed in Committee

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Long-range education policy: LD 1422: An Act To Prepare Maine People for the Future Economy

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High school completion LD 1503: An Act to Promote School Attendance and Increase School Achievement

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Innovative public schools: LD 1488: An Act To Create Innovative Public School Zones and Innovative Public School Districts

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Opposition to disenfranchising local communities and schools by state authorization of charter schools: LD 1553: An Act To Create a Public Charter School Program in Maine