2009 legislation of particular interest to schools

  • LD 95: An Act To Eliminate Penalties for Nonconforming School Administrative Units, Rep. Edgecomb; co-sponsors: Reps. Johnson, Clark
      amends the laws governing school administrative unit reorganization to eliminate the penalties set forth for nonconforming school administrative units.

      Committee action: DIVIDED REPORT: 4/03/2009
      Legislative action: INDEFINITELY POSTPONED 6/04/2009

  • LD 115: An Act To Repeal the Laws Governing Consolidation of School Administrative Units, Rep. Edgecomb; co-sponsors: Reps. Celli, Clark, Crockett, Johnson; Senator Trahan
      repeals the laws related to the consolidation of school administrative units that were enacted by the First Regular Session of the 123rd Legislature in Public Law 2007, chapter 240, Part XXXX and repeals changes made by Public Law 2007, chapter 668. The bill also restores the laws that were amended or repealed to accommodate the consolidation.

      Committee action: ONTP 04/03/009

  • LD 158: An Act To Allow an Alternative Organizational Structure To Act as a Fiscal Agent for Each Member or Municipality in That Alternative Organizational Structure, Rep. Schatz; co-sponsors: Reps. Cleary, Eaton, Gifford, Johnson; Senator Damon
      provides that a reorganization plan to form an alternative organizational structure must designate a fiscal agent or agents for each of the member entities and municipalities of the alternative organizational structure. The bill also provides that the reorganization plan may designate the alternative organizational structure as the fiscal agent for its member entities and municipalities.

      Committee action: ONTP 4/03/2009

  • LD 159: An Act To Provide an Administrative Structure for a School Administrative Unit That Does Not Join a Regional School Unit or an Alternative Organizational Structure, Rep. Schatz; co-sponsors: Reps. Cleary, Eaton, Gifford, Johnson; Senator Damon

    Committee action: ONTP 4/03/2009

  • LD 160: An Act To Require the Department of Education To Provide an Accounting of School Subsidy Based on Individual Members in a Regional School Unit or Alternative Organizational Structure, Rep. Schatz; co-sponsors: Reps Ayotte, Cleary, Eaton, Gifford, Johnson, Joy
      ...requires the Commissioner of Education to provide the governing bodies of regional school units and alternative organizational structures with the computation and the amount of the allocation of school subsidy that the commissioner has estimated for the regional school units and each member municipality in the regional school unit or for the alternative organizational structure and each member entity in the alternative organizational structure.

      Committee action: CARRY OVER REQUEST, Mar 30, 2009
      Legislative Action: CARRIED OVER, 6/15/2009

  • LD 174: An Act Regarding School Consolidation, Senator Bryant; co-sponsors: Reps Crocket, Davis, Jackson, Johnson, Martin, Sutherland, Sen. Schneider
      ...allows school administrative units to count students who reside in the unorganized territories and attend schools within those school administrative units when submitting a plan for a regional school unit.

      Committee Action: ONTP 04/03/2009

  • LD 188: An Act To Establish a Moratorium on School Administrative Regionalization, Rep. McFadden; co-sponsors: Reps. Eaton, Edgecomb, Johnson, Joy, Saviello, Schatz, Senator Weston
      ...allows school administrative units an additional year to come into compliance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, chapter 103-A, which contains the provisions for regional school units.

      Committee action: 10-1 ONTP 4/03/2009

  • LD 189: An Act To Exempt School Union No. 60 from the Laws Requiring School Administrative Unit Consolidation, Rep. Johnson; co-sponsors: Reps. Davis, Gifford, Pinkham, Senator Smith
      ...exempts Beaver Cove, Greenville, Kingsbury Plantation, Shirley and Willimantic from minimum student enrollments established in statute for regional school units. The Commissioner of Education is required to treat the communities in a manner similar to the treatment of coastal islands.

      Committee action: ONTP 04/03/2009

  • LD 190: Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Convene a Stakeholders Group To Analyze the School Funding Formula, Rep. Johnson; co-sponsors: Reps. Browne, Cray, Gifford, Lewin, Pinkham, Sarty, Schatz, Tilton, Senator Smith
      ...directs the Department of Education to convene a stakeholders group to analyze the school funding formula. The department must present a plan and timeline to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by May 1, 2009 and a report with its recommendations by November 1, 2009. The Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs may submit legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 124th Legislature.

      Committee action: Apr 13, 2009, ONTP

  • LD 285: An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Consolidation of School Administrative Units To Delay All Penalties for 2 Years, Rep. Schatz; co-sponsors: Reps Clark, Gifford, Senator Sherman
      ...delays any financial penalties imposed on a school administrative unit for nonconformance with the laws governing the reorganization of school administrative units until the fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2011.

      Committee action: DIVIDED REPORT (5/22/2009)
      Legislative action: ENACTED 6/09/2009

  • LD 467: An Act To Exempt School Administrative District 12, School Union 37 and School Union 60 from the Laws Requiring School Administration Consolidation, Senator Mills; co-sponsors: Reps. Crockett, Johnson, Pinkham; Senators Gooley, Smith
      ...exempts the towns of Jackman and Moose River, Union 60 and Union 37 from minimum student enrollments established in statute for regional school units. The Commissioner of Education is required to treat the towns in a manner similar to the treatment of coastal islands.

      Committee action: May 4, 2009, OTP
      Legislative Action: ENACTED 5/28/2009

  • LD 475: An Act Regarding the Reorganization of Regional School Units and Allowing a Municipality To Opt Out of an Existing School Structure, Senator Rosen; cosponsors: Reps Langley, Martin; Senators Raye, Weston
      ...enacts into law provisions regarding the reorganization of regional school units. The new provisions are similar to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, former sections 1405 and 1406 and allow the withdrawal from a regional school unit of a municipality and the transfer of a municipality out of one regional school unit into another. The bill also includes provisions that formerly applied in this area of law authorizing the State Board of Education to review decisions of the Commissioner of Education and to make rules concerning the reorganization of the regional school units.

      Committee action: ONTP 04/03/2009

  • LD 522: Resolve, To Establish the Study Commission Regarding Teachers' Salaries, Rep. Sutherland; co-sponsors: Reps. Cain, Martin, Rotundo, Schatz, Wagner
      ...establishes the Study Commission Regarding Teachers' Salaries to investigate conditions affecting teachers' salaries in this State, which despite the enactment of a minimum teachers' salary law and substantial increases in general purpose aid for local schools in recent years have not kept pace with inflation and have declined in rank relative to other states in the nation. The resolve authorizes the commission to make findings and recommendations and to submit suggested legislation to ensure that all teachers are paid at rates that are commensurate with their experience, education, professional responsibilities and essential role in the development of the State's economy and human capital.

      Legislative action: PASSED 6/12/2009

  • LD 551: An Act To Improve the Essential Programs and Services Funding Formula, Rep. Finch
      ...a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to enact measures designed to improve the essential programs and services funding formula.

      Committee action: Apr 13, 2009, Carry Over Request
      Legislative Action: CARRIED OVER 6/15/2009

  • LD 570: An Act To Improve the Laws Governing the Consolidation of School Administrative Units, Rep. Finch
      ...a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to enact measures designed to improve the laws governing the consolidation of school administrative units.

      Committee action: May 4, 2009, Carry Over Request
      Legislative action: CARRIED OVER 6/15/2009

  • LD 635: An Act To Provide Additional Time to Certain School Administrative Units To Comply with School Administrative Unit Reorganization Laws, Rep. Fitts; co-sponsors: Reps. Austin, Beaulieu, Beck, Bickford, Browne, Cray, Crockett, Curtis, Davis, Eaton, Edgecomb, Fletcher, Fossel, Gilbert, Kruger, Langley, Legg, Lewin, McFadden, McKane, Miller, Nelson, Pieh, Pingree, Piotti, Richardson, Robinson, Saviello, Schatz, Tardy, Theriault, Wagner, Weaver, Webster; Senators Bowman, Bryant, Courtney, Davis, Gooley, Jackson, Marrache, Mitchell, Sherman, Sullivan, Weston
      ...provides additional time for a school administrative unit to comply with the reorganization law if it approved a reorganization plan at a referendum prior to January 30, 2009 but is unable to implement the plan because the plan was rejected by one or more of its proposed partners. The school administrative unit would be allowed to restart the process to form a regional school unit with the same or other school administrative units.

      Committee action: May 4, 2009, OTP
      :Legislative Action: INDEFINITELY POSTPONED 6/1/2009

  • LD 636: An Act To Control Education Administrative Costs, Rep. Bolduc
      ...changes the ratio of students to school administrative staff used to calculate salary and benefit costs to 500:1. It defines "school administrative staff" as principals, assistant principals and special education coordinators.

      Committee action: ONTP 3/30/2009

  • LD 677: An Act To Lower the Cost of State Government in the Departments under the Purview of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, Senator Nutting; co-sponsors: Reps. McFadden, Sirois, Senators Trahan, Weston
      ...eliminates one Regional Education Representative position and one Public Service Executive II position within the Department of Education effective October 1, 2009.

      Committee action: Apr 16, 2009, DIVIDED REPORT
      Legislative action: ACCEPT MAJORITY ONTP 5/20/2009

  • LD 698: An Act To Allow School Budget Validation Referenda To Be Held on a Saturday, Rep. Weaver; co-sponsors: Reps. Cushing, Edgecomb, Hayes, Hill, Knight, Langley, Pinkham, Russell
      ...allows school budget validation referendum votes for regional school units to be held on Saturday

      Committee action: OTP 04/07/2009
      Legislative Action: ENACTED 5/05/2009

  • LD 750: An Act To Exempt Certain Municipalities from the Requirement To Hold Referenda on School Budgets, Rep Eberle; co-sponsors: Rep Adams, Senator Goodall
      ...provides an exemption from the budget validation referendum voting requirements for municipal school units where the municipal charter provides that the municipal legislative body and the school committee are elected bodies and where the municipal charter requires that a public hearing and one or more budget meetings are held on the proposed school budget before the municipal legislative body votes to adopt the school budget.

      Committee Action: ONTP 04/07/2009

  • LD 778: An Act To Exempt Certain Isolated Rural Communities from the Minimum Student Enrollment Requirements in the Laws Governing the Reorganization of School Administrative Units, Rep MacDonald; co-sponsors: Reps. Ayotte, Edgecomb, Hunt, McKane, Pratt, Schatz, Senator Goodall
      ...amends the laws governing the reorganization of school administrative units to provide that school administrative units located in isolated rural communities may be eligible for an exception to the minimum student enrollment requirements by entering into a collaborative agreement for administrative, instructional and noninstructional functions with another school administrative unit prior to July 1, 2009.

      Committee action: ONTP 04/03/2009

  • LD 816: An Act To Authorize the Commissioner of Education To Issue Separate Subsidy Checks to Each Municipality in an Alternative Organizational Structure, Rep. Clark; co-sponsors: Reps. Browne, Finch, Fletcher, McFadden, Trinward; Senators Sherman, Smith
      ...requires the Commissioner of Education to also provide the governing bodies and the superintendent of each alternative organizational structure with the computation and the amount of the allocation of state subsidy that the commissioner has calculated for the alternative organizational structure and each member entity in the alternative organizational structure and requires that the commissioner issue separate subsidy checks to each of the member entities within the alternative organizational structure.

      Committee action: Mar 30, 2009, ONTP

  • LD 817: An Act Concerning Teacher Salaries, Rep Bolduc; co-sponsors: Senator Alfond, Reps. Blodgett, Butterfield, Gilbert, Knapp, Tuttle, Wright
      ...prohibits basing teachers' salaries upon the measurable performance or productivity of the teacher or the students of the teacher.

      Committee action: ONTP 04/08/2009

  • LD 818: An Act To Improve Transparency in the School Funding Formula, Rep Trinward; Co-sponsors: Reps. Boland, Browne, Clark, Finch, Fletcher, McFadden; Senators Marrache, Mitchell
      ...requires the Commissioner of Education to also provide the governing bodies and the superintendent of each alternative organizational structure with the computation and the amount of the allocation of state subsidy that the commissioner has calculated for the alternative organizational structure and each member entity in the alternative organizational structure.

      Committee action: Mar 30, 2009, ONTP

  • LD 977: An Act To Repeal the School District Consolidation Laws, (Citizens' initiative)
      ...This initiated bill repeals the laws related to the consolidation of school administrative units that were enacted by the First Regular Session of the 123rd Legislature in Public Law 2007, chapter 240, Part XXXX. It restores the laws that were amended or repealed to accommodate the consolidation.

      Committee action: May 4, 2009, DIVIDED REPORTLegislative Action: Accept ONTP 6/12/2009

  • LD 1037: An Act To Require the Department of Education To Provide Certain Information to Individual Communities of Alternative Organizational Structures, Rep. Johnson
      ...requires the Department of Education to provide a detailed accounting of the amount of subsidy that a municipality in an alternative organizational structure qualifies for under the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act to each municipality in the alternative organizational structure.

      Committee action: Mar 30, 2009, ONTP

  • LD 1049: An Act To Encourage Cooperation among School Administrative Units, Rep. Sutherland; Co-sponsors: Reps. Dill, Duchesne, Johnson, O'Brien, Percy, Pieh, Trinward; Senator Weston
      ... provides for the formation of 20 regional education cooperatives. School administrative units established as of July 1, 2009 may join a regional education cooperative of their choice, and each participating school administrative unit has a single representative to the cooperative board. Participation in regional education cooperatives is voluntary and the participation of participating school administrative units in any of the specified educational functions or support services carried out by the regional education cooperative is voluntary.

      ...Participating school administrative units voluntarily choose which educational functions or support services they purchase from the regional education cooperative and contribute only for the costs of those educational functions or support services that they use. Savings achieved through the regional education cooperative accrue to the participating school administrative units, with a portion reserved for administrative costs of the regional education cooperative.

      Committee action: Apr 15, 2009, OTP-AM
      Legislative Action: ENACTED 5/12/2009

  • LD 1097: An Act To Improve Alternative Organizational Structures by Requiring the Department of Education To Provide Them with Estimated Allocations, Senator Raye; co-sponsors: Reps. Burns, Johnson, McFadden, Schatz, Soctomah, Sutherland, Tilton; Senators Schneider, Weston
      ...requires the Commissioner of Education to also provide the governing body of alternative organizational structures with the computation and the amount of the allocation of school subsidy that the commissioner has estimated for the alternative organizational structure and each member entity in the alternative organizational structure.

      Committee action: May 4, 2009, ONTP

  • LD 1126: An Act To Limit the Scope of Miscellaneous Costs within the General Purpose Aid for Local Schools Appropriation, Senator Trahan; Co-sponsors: Reps. Finch, McKane, Pendleton, Pieh, Richardson, Schatz; Senators Nutting, Raye, Weston
      ...amends the law concerning the various elements of the "miscellaneous costs" component of the general purpose aid for local schools appropriation, or GPA appropriation. The premise of the bill is that the GPA appropriation should be either a general purpose subsidy to local schools or a state expenditure that provides direct educational services to students who would otherwise be served by the State's public elementary or secondary schools. The bill eliminates the Commissioner of Education's authority to use GPA funds to pay the personnel costs for a range of state employees who work for the Department of Education and provide only indirect support to the public education system. The bill eliminates a similar authority to use GPA funds to pay for the personnel costs of 3 teachers employed by the Department of Corrections. The bill also eliminates the authority to use GPA funds to pay for general education research conducted by the University of Maine, but it retains the authority to use GPA funds to cover a contract with the university to monitor and update the essential programs and services school funding model.
      [Amendment]:This amendment replaces the bill to incorporate changes in the law concerning the Commissioner of Education's funding level recommendations and the Governor’s recommendations for the annual appropriation to the General Purpose Aid for Local Schools program in the state budget. The amendment requires that the amounts appropriated for certain components of the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act that are proposed in any state budget must be shown in a sufficiently detailed and transparent form and manner to permit the Legislature and the citizens of the State to identify the changes in proposed funding for the components of the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act from the proposed budget without need for reference to other documents or explanations.

      Committee Action: OTP-AM 5/11/2009
      Legislative Action: ENACTED 6/02/2009

  • LD 1129: An Act To Permit Efficient School Districts To Opt Out of Consolidation, Senator Courtney
      ...authorizes a school administrative unit to submit an alternative plan when the school unit spends less on kindergarten to grade 12 education than its total operating allocation under the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act for fiscal year 2008-09. This bill also eliminates penalties that would otherwise apply to such school administrative units.

      Committee action: May 4, 2009, ONTP

  • LD 1178: 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, Rep, Sutherland
      ...provides for legislative review of portions of Chapter 131: The Maine Federal, State, and Local Accountability Standards, a major substantive rule of the Department of Education.

      Legislative Action: PASSED 6/04/2009

  • LD 1203: An Act To Allow Certain School Units To Reorganize without Meeting Minimum Student Population Requirements without Being Penalized, Rep Sutherland; Senator Alfond; Reps. Finch, Johnson, Lovejoy, McFadden, Nelson
      ...authorizes school administrative units to submit alternative plans in situations when they have been unsuccessful in reorganizing into a regional school unit that meets minimum student population requirements. This bill also eliminates penalties that would otherwise apply to such school administrative units.

      Committee action: May 4, 2009, ONTP

  • LD 1221: An Act To Remove the Local Requirement for Education Funding, Senator Courtney
      ...provides that if a school administrative unit adopts a credible budget that is below the maximum state and local spending target under the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act the school administrative unit's required contribution must be reduced by the amount of the savings.

      Committee action: Apr 14, 2009, ONTP

  • LD 1225: An Act To Amend the School Funding Formula Regarding School Administrative Units That Are Eligible for the Minimum State Share of Their Total Allocation, Rep. Johnson; Co-sponsors: Reps. Crockett, Davis, Eaton, MacDonald, McFadden, Schatz
      ...provides that a school administrative unit that is eligible for the minimum state share of its total allocation under the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act may also be eligible for an additional adjustment when the school administrative unit meets certain eligibility criteria for an economically disadvantaged school administrative unit:
           1. The local median household income of each municipality in the school administrative unit is less than the statewide median household income; and.
           2. At least 30% of the students in the school administrative unit are economically disadvantaged students as calculated pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15675, subsection 2.
           A school administrative unit that meets these eligibility criteria must receive an additional adjustment to the state share of its total allocation.

      Committee Action: Apr 14, 2009, OTP-As Amended (w/content from LD 1227)
      Legislative Action: PASSED 6/04/2009

  • LD 1226: An Act To Eliminate the Opt-out Penalty for Consolidation of Schools if a School Administrative Unit Forms an Alternative Organizational Structure, Rep. Clarke
      ...authorizes school administrative units to submit alternative plans if they have formed alternative organizational structures but have not approved a school reorganization plan. This bill also eliminates penalties that would otherwise apply to such school administrative units.

      Committee action: ONTP 10-1, 4/03/2009

  • LD 1227: An Act To Equalize the Regional Salary Cost Index under the School Funding Formula, Rep Johnson; Co-sponsors: Clark, Crockett, Eaton, Knight, MacDonald, McFadden, Schatz, Thomas
      ...requires that, beginning in fiscal year 2010-11, the regional adjustment to the salary and benefits costs of teachers and other school personnel that is based on labor market areas in the State must be 1.0 for all labor market areas in the State.

      Committee action: Apr 14, 2009, ONTP (w/content moved into RESOLVE w/LD 1225)

  • LD 1277: An Act To Encourage Alternative Compensation Models for Teachers and School Administrators, Senator Weston;
      ...requires the Department of Education to review models for performance-based pay and bonuses for teachers, principals and superintendents and to adopt rules authorizing school administrative units to use a performance-based pay model for the remuneration of teachers beginning in school year 2010.

      Committee action: May 8, 2009, OTP-AM
      Legislative Action: PASSED 6/04/2009

  • LD 1283: An Act To Reform the School Budget Validation Process, Senator Weston;
      ...amends the school budget approval process by allowing a budget to be approved at a school board meeting rather than a district-wide meeting, and then go directly to referendum vote. The bill also changes slightly the wording on the required referendum if a school budget exceeds the maximum state and local spending target.

      Committee action: Apr 29, 2009, ONTP

  • LD 1287: An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Consolidation of School Administrative Units To Eliminate Penalties, Establish Incentives and Allow Alternative Voting Procedures for Budgets, Senator Damon; Co-sponsors: Reps. Briggs, Browne, Burns, Edgecomb, Fitts, McFadden, Schatz, Sutherland; Senator Rosen
      ...makes several technical and substantive changes to the laws governing the consolidation of school administrative units enacted in 2007 and amended in 2008. The bill converts the penalty system in the current law, which establishes a financial penalty to be applied to those school systems that fail to consolidate if required to, into a financial incentive system that provides a reduced local effort requirement for those school systems that achieve the required consolidation during the first 3 years. The bill also authorizes regional school units to establish a school budget adoption system that is an alternative to the current budget validation referendum process. The alternative system, if approved by the voters of the regional school unit at referendum, would allow the budget to be approved by the voters directly at referendum rather than go through the multi-step approval process whereby the budget needs to be adopted by several local votes in succession. The bill also makes several technical amendments, including:
        1. Adding a cross-reference that was inadvertently omitted in existing law so that the towns within any community school districts or school administrative districts that may exist in the future can commit their taxes in the circumstance of a prolonged failure to adopt a school budget, just as is currently available to municipal schools and regional school units; and

        2. Clarifying the procedures to be followed during a school budget referendum vote regarding the display of informational material in the polling place and the voting booth.

      Committee action: ONTP 4/03/2009

  • L.D. 1295: An Act To Establish the Middle School of Science and Mathematics, Rep. Schatz; Co-sponsor: Rep Berry
      ...establishes the Middle School of Science and Mathematics as a public chartered school located on the Blue Hill peninsula to provide students with a challenging educational experience with an emphasis on math and science.

      Committee Action: ONTP 5/11/2009

  • LD 1297: An Act To Abolish the State Board of Education, Rep. Joy; Co-sponsors; Reps. Browne, Burns, Gifford, Hayes, McLeod, Sirois, Tardy; Senator Trahan
      ...dissolves the State Board of Education on July 1, 2010, and directs the Department of Education to study and recommend legislation to transfer the powers and duties of the board to other agencies in anticipation of the dissolution.
      [amendment]: ...replaces the bill with a resolve to establish a stakeholder group to review the role of the State Board of Education and submit a report and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 1, 2009. The Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs may introduce legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 124th Legislature. The amendment also changes the bill title and incorporates an emergency preamble and an emergency clause.
      [amendment]: ...adds 2 additional legislative members to the stakeholder group and clarifies that the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House are to appoint all members of the stakeholder group and that the first appointed members of the Senate and the House of Representatives are to serve as cochairs of the stakeholder group.

      Legislative Action: PASSED 6/12/2009

  • LD 1298: An Act To Adjust the Special Education Funding for Minimum Subsidy Receivers, Rep. Dostie; Co-sponsors: Reps. Clarke: Finch, Fitts, Fletcher, Gilbert, McFadden; Senator Nutting
      ...adjusts the subsidy for special education for those school administrative units that are minimum receivers of state subsidy by reducing the transition percentage for special education costs to 25%.

      Committee Action: Apr 14, 2009, ONTP

  • LD 1319: An Act To Provide Collective Bargaining Protections for Alternative Organizational Structure Employees, Rep. Cain;
      ...adds provisions to the school reorganization laws regarding employment and collective bargaining for school units that reorganize as alternative organizational structures and that decide to consolidate employment at the alternative organizational structure level to perform services, programs and functions in addition to administration of those services. These provisions are modeled on similar provisions in the laws that apply to regional school units, which were omitted from the portion of the laws that apply to alternative organizational structures. The bill also adds similar employment and collective bargaining provisions for employees of school unions who are now represented by a bargaining agent, which were also omitted from the school reorganization laws.

      Committee action ONTP 04/03/2009

  • LD 1325: An Act Regarding Curriculum Requirements and Standards for Awarding a High School Diploma, Rep. Sutherland; Co-sponsors: Senators Bowman, Mills, Mitchell; Reps.: Cain, Lovejoy, Strang-Burgess
      ...amends standards for student assessment, basic school approval, the elementary, middle and secondary courses of study, the comprehensive program of study for the high school diploma and the Department of Education diploma in order to more fully implement the parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements.

      Legislative Action: ENACTED 6/05/2009

  • LD 1336: An Act To Preserve School Choice Rights, Senator Weston;
      ...bill clarifies the obligation and financial responsibility of regional school unit boards of directors for preserving the opportunities for choice of schools for students who reside in a municipality in a regional school unit that was a previous education unit that sent students to another school administrative unit. The bill provides that when one or more member municipalities continue to send students to a school outside of the new regional school unit, the regional school unit is responsible for the tuition expenses for the students who are educated outside of the regional school unit.

      Committee action: May 4, 2009, ONTP

  • LD 1356: An Act To Improve the Ability of the Department of Education To Conduct Longitudinal Data Studies, Senator Mills; Co-sponsors: Senators Bartlett, Jackson, Mitchell, Rector, Weston; Reps. Crockett, Lovejoy, Miller, Piotti, Stuckey, Sutherland
      ...requires the Department of Education to develop and maintain the Maine Statewide Longitudinal Data System. The purpose of this system is to improve the ability of the Department of Education to conduct longitudinal data studies by permitting the use of student social security numbers for the tracking of individual student enrollment history and achievement data over time. Data must be collected and used in compliance with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

      Legislative Action: ENACTED 6/12/2009

  • LD 1414: An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Spending by School Administrative Units, Rep. Pingree
      ...allows a school administrative unit to exceed its maximum state and local spending target under the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act by the higher of 5% over the state and local spending target or an amount equal to the unit's previous year's budget multiplied by the rate of growth of the current year's maximum state and local spending target over the previous year's maximum state and local spending target without having to have the amount approved by referendum. This bill creates new referendum language for a school administrative unit that exceeds its maximum state and local spending target.

      Committee Action: Apr 14, 2009, ONTP

  • LD 1438: An Act To Permit Charter Schools in Maine, Senator Damon; Co-sponsors: Senators Alfond, Mills; Reps. Casavant, Chase, Knight, Piotti, Richardson
      ...establishes a process to authorize the establishment of charter schools in the State.

      Legislative Action: Accept ONTP 6/08/2009

  • H.P. 701: Joint Study Order To Establish a Working Group to Identify Unfunded Educational Mandates, Rep. Dill

     

  • H.P. 842: Joint Study Order To Study the Administrative Burden within School Districts as a Result of School Administrative Consolidation, Rep. Perry

     

  • CONSOLIDATION LRs

    ADMINISTRATIVE UNITS

    • LR 190 MACDONALD An Act To Amend the Definitions Regarding Isolated Rural Communities in the Laws Governing the Consolidation of School Units
    • LR 764 FITTS An Act To Provide Additional Time to Certain School Administrative Units To Comply with School Administrative Unit Reorganization Laws
    • LR 833 CLARK H An Act To Authorize the Commissioner of Education To Issue Separate Subsidy Checks to Each Municipality in an Alternative Organizational Structure
    • LR 843 CLARK H An Act To Eliminate the Opt-out Penalty for Consolidation of Schools
    • LR 869 WEAVER An Act To Allow School Budget Validation Referendum Votes To Be Held on a Saturday
    • LR 965 BOWMAN An Act To Authorize Alternative Plans To Be Submitted by School Administrative Units with No Contiguous School Reorganization Partner
    • LR 996 TRAHAN An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Brookings Institution Regarding Education
    • LR 1011 CLARK H An Act To Amend the Laws Governing School Funding Penalties
    • LR 1059 FINCH An Act To Improve the Laws Governing the Consolidation of School Administrative Units
    • LR 1065 DAMON An Act To Amend the Laws Governing School Consolidation To Eliminate Penalties, Establish Incentives and Allow Alternative Voting Procedures
    • LR 1108 SUTHERLAND An Act To Encourage Cooperation Among Maine School Districts
    • LR 1113 SUTHERLAND An Act To Allow Certain School Units To Reorganize without Meeting Minimum Student Population Requirements without Being Penalized
    • LR 1185 COURTNEY An Act To Permit Efficient School Districts To Opt Out of Consolidation
    • LR 1202 MCFADDEN An Act To Require that Separate Checks Are Issued to Each Town in an Education Alternative Organizational Structure
    • LR 438 CAIN An Act To Provide Collective Bargaining Protection for Alternative Organization Structure Employees
    • LR 1471 TRINWARD An Act To Improve Transparency in the Determination of Funding for Schools
    • LR 1606 ROBINSON An Act To Waive Certain Tuition Fee Requirements for Regional School Units
    • LR 1682 RAYE An Act To Improve Alternative Organizational Structure by Requiring the Department of Education To Provide Certain Information
    • LR 1734 ADAMS An Act To Amend the School Consolidation Laws as They Pertain to Meetings To Accept Budgets

    COST-SHARING

    • LR 660 JOHNSON An Act To Require the Department of Education To Provide Certain Information to Individual Communities of Educational Units
    • LR 786 EBERLE An Act To Exempt Certain Municipalities from the Requirement To Hold Referenda on School Budgets
    • LR 1527 GOODALL An Act To Improve the Efficiency of the Regional School Unit Budgeting Process

    MUNICIPAL WITHDRAWAL

    • LR 1385 RAYE An Act To Allow a Municipality To Withdraw from a School Unit or from a Regional Planning Committee

    PENALTIES

    • LR 663 JOHNSON An Act To Remove the Penalties for Failing To Comply with the School Administrative Unit Consolidation Requirements

    REPEAL

    • LR 365 CROCKETT J An Act To Repeal the Laws Pertaining to School Consolidation
    • LR 657 JOHNSON An Act To Repeal the School Administrative District Consolidation Requirements
    • LR 712 TRAHAN An Act To Repeal the Laws Requiring the Consolidation of School Administrative Units and Implement the Recommendations of the Brookings Institution
    • LR 781 CELLI An Act To Repeal the School Consolidation Law