Testimony in opposition to LD 1425: An Act To Protect the Quality and Integrity of Maine's Educational Materials

Testimony in opposition to

LD 1425: An Act To Protect the Quality and Integrity of Maine's Educational Materials,  

Joint Standing Committee  on Education and Cultural Affairs

Tuesday, May 3, 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 1425: An Act To Protect the Quality and Integrity of Maine's Educational Materials, Representative Mark Eves

...requires that, beginning with school year 2012-2013, each school board amend its policy adopted for the selection of educational materials and approve only educational materials that are consistent with a course of study aligned with the system of learning results established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 6209 and with Department of Education rules pertaining to school approval standards. The bill also requires the Commissioner of Education to annually review school board policies for selecting and purchasing educational materials, to implement the enforcement measures established by rule and to notify the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters of the school administrative units that fail to comply with these requirements.



We believe that this bill may represent cumbersome and unwarranted meddling by the state Department of Education over local school decisions about curriculum and teaching practices.  On this basis, the MDIRSS board voted on 4/25/2011 to oppose this bill.


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