Testimony in opposition to LD 1388: An Act To Allow Schools To Adopt Approved Alternative Curricula,

Testimony in opposition to

LD 1388: An Act To Allow Schools To Adopt Approved Alternative Curricula,

Joint Standing Committee  on Education and Cultural Affairs

Monday, May 2, 2011, 1:00 PM



Senator Langley, Representative Richardson, Distinguished Members of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and and Cultural Affairs, my name is Brian Hubbell and I am the chair of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System, a school district of 1700 students  comprising the towns of Bar Harbor, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, Tremont, Trenton, Cranberry Isles, Frenchboro, and Swan’s Island.  I am before you today as their representative.



LD 1388: An Act To Allow Schools To Adopt Approved Alternative Curricula, Representative Alan Casavant

... amends the school restructuring statutes to encourage school administrative units to collaborate with approved private schools to develop alternative curriculum frameworks to achieve school restructuring at the middle school or high school level. The bill allows a school administrative unit that is undergoing restructuring at the middle school or high school level to request a waiver of the rule requirements related to the system of learning results established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20A, section 6209 if the waiver is necessary to achieve school restructuring and an alternative curriculum framework proposed for the school administrative unit's school restructuring differs from, but does not conflict with, the rules related to the system of learning results.



Collaboration with private schools potentially raises concerns about the fair use of public funds.  A waiver of public requirements to meet the learning results raises concern about educational equity. The MDIRSS board voted on 4/25/2011 firmly to oppose any effort to waive public education standards for certain schools.


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