2011 Legislation: DEAD BILLS

LD 18: An Act To Extend the School Year, Rep. Edgecomb

    ...increases the school year from 180 days to 185 days. ...amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, proposes to phase in the increase by extending the school year by one day each year over the 5-year period between the 2012-2013 school year and the 2016-2017 school year. The amendment also strikes the provision in the bill that prohibits counting a day when students are released early as a teacher in-service day. It also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

LD 31: An Act To Protect the Safety of Maine Children by Requiring the Express Consent of a Legal Guardian To Dispense Prescription Medication to a Minor", Representative Richard Cebra

    ...prohibits dispensing prescription drugs to a minor without express consent from the minor's parent or legal guardian unless the minor is living independently of parental or guardian support, is or was married, is or was serving in the Armed Forces of the United States or has been legally emancipated. [Committee on Judiciary]

6/6/2011 - Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

LD 93: An Act To Improve Essential Programs and Services Funding for Education, Rep. Johnson

    ...proposes to amend the essential programs and services funding and distribution formula and process to improve the equity and adequacy of general purpose aid to education.

Latest Committee Action: VOTED, May 10, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 130: Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Explore Options To Increase Participation in the University of Southern Maine's Extended Teacher Education Program, Rep. Bolduc

    ...directs the certification office within the Department of Education to evaluate the Extended Teacher Education Program at the University of Southern Maine and recommend options for increasing participation in the program.

Final Disposition: UNANIMOUS ONTP BY COMMITTEE, Mar 1, 2011

LD 167: An Act To Provide Full Funding for Advanced Placement Courses, Rep. Kumiega

    ...provides ongoing funds for the Advanced Placement Program within the Department of Education to provide 20 online advanced placement courses per year to high school students in the State. ...amendment is the minority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. The amendment strikes the bill and replaces it with an emergency bill that reduces the level of ongoing funds for the Advanced Placement Program within the Department of Education. The amendment provides funding for 10 online advanced placement courses per year to high school students in the State instead of 20.

6/6/2011 - Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

LD 171: An Act To Exempt School Administrative District No. 24 and School Administrative District No. 32 from the Laws Requiring School Administrative Unit Consolidation, Rep, Ayotte

    ...exempts School Administrative District No. 24 and School Administrative District No. 32 from the requirements for reorganization into larger regional school units or alternative organizational structures. The Commissioner of Education is required to treat School Administrative District No. 24 and School Administrative District No. 32 in a manner similar to the treatment of coastal islands.

Committee Report: Apr 29, 2011, MAJ: Ought Not to Pass, MIN: Ought to Pass as Amended

LD 233: An Act To Establish the State Board of Education as the Appointing Authority for the Commissioner of Education, Rep. Clark

    ...changes the authority for appointing the Commissioner of Education from the Governor to the State Board of Education.

Committee Report: Mar 1, 2011, LV/WD

LD 236: An Act To Require High School Students To Register To Vote as a Requirement for Graduation, Rep. Bolduc

    ...requires all high school students that are eligible under the laws governing elections to register to vote in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 21-A, section 122 prior to graduation. School guidance counselors are responsible for certifying that students have registered to vote.

Committee Report: Feb 28, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 250: An Act To Permit Tuition Subsidies by Municipalities, Rep. Volk

    ...allows municipalities to give subsidies from their general funds to parents to reimburse them for part or all of the tuition the parents paid to private schools that are precluded from receiving tuition funding from the State. In Joyce v. State of Maine, 951 A.2d 69 (Me. 2008), the Law Court essentially acknowledged that it would be constitutionally permissible for municipalities to adopt such subsidy programs, but held that current Maine law, the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 2951, prohibits municipalities from doing so. ...Committee amendment replaces the bill. It allows municipalities to adopt ordinances to raise or appropriate money to reimburse all or part of tuition to parents of students who attend private schools.

Committee Report: May 25, 2011, MAJ: Ought Not to Pass, MIN: Ought to Pass as Amended
6/2/2011 - ought not to pass report accepted in concurrence Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

LD 268: An Act To Make the Consolidation of School Administrative Units Voluntary and To Eliminate the Penalties for Units That Choose Not To Consolidate, Rep. MacDonald

    ...amends the laws governing school administrative unit consolidation to make consolidation voluntary and to eliminate the penalties set forth for nonconforming school administrative units.

Committee Report: May 2, 2011, MAJ: Ought Not to Pass, MIN: Ought to Pass as Amended

LD 275: An Act To Change the Notice Period for Terminating Teachers' Contracts, Rep. Harvell

    ...reduces from 90 days to 30 days the period in which a school board may terminate a teacher's contract when changes in local conditions warrant the termination.

VOTED, Apr 12, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 306: Resolve, Directing the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability To Make Recommendations To Find Efficiencies in Per-pupil Costs Associated with Interscholastic Activities, Rep. Beck

    ...directs the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability to provide an accounting of the money spent by school administrative units on a per-pupil basis for interscholastic activities and make recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs regarding how to improve the efficiency of the management of statewide interscholastic activities no later than December 7, 2011. The Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs may submit a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 125th Legislature on the topic of the report by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.

Committee Report: Mar 31, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 326: An Act To Require That School Administrative Units Bear the Burden of Proving That an Individualized Education Program Is Appropriate, Rep. Kent

    ...places the burden of proof on a school administrative unit in a due process hearing to determine whether the individualized education program developed by the school administrative unit meets the needs of a child with a disability.

Committee Report: Apr 28, 2011, MAJ: Ought Not to Pass, MIN: Ought to Pass as Amended

LD 336: An Act To Preserve the State's Public Pension Fund, Rep. Cebra

    ...makes changes to the State's public pension laws to improve the financial condition of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. For the next 6 years, the bill increases the amount of contributions to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System made by state employees and teachers by 1% of earnable compensation. The bill also reduces for 6 years the cost-of-living adjustments for retirement benefits by 50% for persons with annual pensions greater than $25,000 but not greater than $45,000 and suspends for 6 years cost-of-living adjustments for persons with annual pensions greater than $45,000. Persons with pensions of $25,000 or less continue to receive cost-of-living adjustments. The bill provides for a review of these changes during the 128th Legislature.

Final Disposition: LEAVE TO WITHDRAW, Mar 1, 2011

LD 347: Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Education To Convene a Task Force To Develop a Proposal for a More Equitable Distribution of Kindergarten to Grade 12 State Education Funding", Rep. Malaby

    ...directs the Commissioner of Education to convene a task force to develop a proposal for a more equitable distribution of kindergarten to grade 12 state education funding.

Latest Committee Action: VOTED, May 10, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 395: An Act To Mandate That the School Year Not Begin before September 1st, Senator Langley

    ...provides that beginning with school year 2012-2013, the academic year for elementary schools, secondary schools, the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System may not begin before September 1st, except that elementary and secondary schools are exempt for school days in which students are not required to attend or participate, and school administrative units that receive an exemption from the Commissioner of Education because students of the school administrative unit are involved in an agricultural harvest are also exempt.

Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

LD 444: An Act To Require Annual Evaluation of Public School Teachers, Rep. Beliveau

    ... proposes to require that all new public school teachers be formally evaluated on an annual basis. The method of implementation will be at the discretion of each school administration.

VOTED, Apr 12, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 449: An Act To Remove the Restriction against a Spouse's Working in a School Administrative Unit in which the Other Spouse Serves on the School Board, Rep. Clark

    ... repeals the restriction against a spouse's working in a school administrative unit in which the other spouse serves on the school board.

Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

LD 598: An Act To Provide Assistance to Economically Disadvantaged Students, Rep. Johnson

    ...provides an adjustment for a school administrative unit that is a minimum subsidy receiver if its percentage of economically disadvantaged students is greater than the state average.

Latest Committee Action: VOTED, May 10, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 606: An Act To Protect State Education Funds, Senator Courtney

    ...prohibits school boards from depositing funds received from the State in banks that do not cover losses in cases of fraudulent automatic clearinghouse transactions. "Automatic clearinghouse transaction" means an electronic funds transfer between bank accounts that groups transactions.

Latest Committee Action: VOTED, May 10, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 608: An Act To Regionalize Supervision of Students in the Unorganized Territory, Senator Saviello

    ...establishes a 4district school administrative district system for the unorganized territory. The bill requires the Commissioner of Education to develop rules to transfer state management of the school systems in the unorganized territory to these 4 administrative districts. The commissioner is required to submit to the Second Regular Session of the 125th Legislature provisionally adopted rules and proposed legislation necessary to accomplish this transfer of responsibility. The Joint Standing Committee on Education is authorized to submit a bill related to the unorganized territory school administrative district system to the Second Regular Session of the 125th Legislature.

Committee Report: Mar 25, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 635: An Act To Provide for the Equitable Reimbursement of Schools Operated by the State in the Unorganized Territory, Rep. Crockett

    ...provides that the tuition rate that is charged by the Commissioner of Education to a school administrative unit that sends a student to a school maintained by the State in the unorganized territory must be an amount equal to the state average expenditure per elementary pupil as determined by the commissioner pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 5804 or the actual expenditure per elementary pupil calculated by the commissioner for the receiving school administrative unit in the unorganized territory, whichever is greater.

Latest Committee Action: VOTED, Mar 7, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 662: Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Amend Its Rules Pertaining to the Statute of Limitations for Filing a Due Process Hearing Request Regarding Special Education, Rep. Kent

    ...restores to 6 years the statute of limitations for filing a due process hearing request in special education matters.

Committee Report: May 5, 2011, MAJ: Ought Not to Pass, MIN: Ought to Pass as Amended

LD 803: An Act To Allow the Town of Dayton To Opt Out of Its Regional School Unit Agreement, Rep Parry

    ...allows the Town of Dayton to withdraw from Regional School Unit No. 23 without penalty upon a favorable vote of the residents of the Town of Dayton. If the vote required by this bill is favorable to withdraw, this bill allows the school department in the Town of Dayton to form an alternative organizational structure.

Apr 15, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 817: An Act To Stabilize Short-term Funding of Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education, Rep. Dow

    ... amends the annual targets for the state share percentage of the statewide adjusted total cost of the components of essential programs and services.

Committee Report: May 9, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 844: An Act To Provide Affordable Health Insurance for Municipal and School Employees through Competition, Representative Cynthia Dill

    ...removes the waiver of competitive bidding available to school boards for health insurance. It requires that school boards purchase health insurance for employees through competitive bidding, including in school units in which municipal and school insurance is purchased as a package by municipal government. The bill requires that insurers, nonprofit hospital and medical service organizations and health maintenance organizations provide a school administrative unit with information concerning the unit's own experience rating and claims history as a member covered under a group policy or contract at the unit's request or at the request of any municipality in the unit. The bill also makes members of the Maine Municipal Association and members of the Maine Education Association eligible to participate in the group health plan for state employees and makes employees of school administrative units and municipalities eligible to participate in the plan if their school boards or municipalities elect to participate in the plan. [Committee on Insurance and Financial Services]

Committee Report: May 16, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 857: An Act To Include Teachers in the State Employee Health Insurance Program, Senator Brannigan

    ...includes teachers under the state group health plan. ...amendment is the majority report of the committee and replaces the bill with a resolve requiring the State Employee Health Commission to convene a working group to study the feasibility of consolidating health plan coverage for state employees and retirees with health plan coverage for other public employees and retirees. The amendment also adds an appropriation section to provide the funds for the actuarial analysis and other costs of the study.

6/30/2011 - IN POSSESSION OF THE SENATE WHEN THE SENATE ADJOURNED SINE DIE AND PLACED IN THE LEGISLATIVE FILES (DEAD)

LD 871: An Act To Allow a 4-day School Week, Senator Sullivan

    ...authorizes a school administrative unit to use an alternative school calendar of 4 days of student instruction per week if that calendar provides for an amount of student instruction equivalent to that provided by a traditional school calendar

Committee Report: Mar 29, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 886: An Act To Remove All Federal Funding from Inclusion in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Formula, Rep. Harvell

    ...removes all references pertaining to the allocation of federal resources from the statutory provisions of the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act.

Latest Committee Action: VOTED, May 10, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 929: Resolve, To Establish a Study Group To Review the Teacher Certification Process, Rep. O'Brien

    ...directs the Commissioner of Education to establish a study group to review the teacher certification process and recommend ways to streamline and simplify the process and reduce the time needed to receive certification as a teacher with particular emphasis on certification for individuals without degrees in education. The commissioner is required to report the results of the study undertaken by the study group along with any recommended legislation to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs.

Committee Report: May 18, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 944: An Act To Increase College Attainment, Senator Alfond

    ...requires secondary school students to complete a federally accepted free application for federal student aid and at least one application to a postsecondary educational institution to assess eligibility for financial aid. ...amendment is the majority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. It provides exceptions to the proposed requirement that a student must complete an application to a postsecondary educational institution and a free application for federal student aid prior to receiving a high school diploma.

6/8/2011 - Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

LD 959: Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Provide Curriculum Consistency in Maine Public Schools, Rep. Johnson

    ...proposes to direct the Department of Education to provide a model curriculum to all elementary and secondary schools that meets the requirements of the comprehensive, statewide system of learning results and the Common Core Standards in English language arts and mathematics for kindergarten to grade 12 established in common with the other states as established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20A, section 6209. The model curriculum should span 80% of the school year, leaving 20% of the school year for schools to raise the standards of or to modify and improve the curriculum to meet local requirements and standards

Latest Committee Action: VOTED, May 13, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 977: Resolve, To Analyze the Value of Distance Learning in a Rural Environment, Rep Johnson

    ...directs the Department of Education to conduct an analysis of distance learning via the Internet statewide and for rural communities by establishing 2 pilot programs in the spring semester of 2012 and analyzing distance learning’s cost, effectiveness and impact on the structure of educational districts and the teaching workforce and the feasibility of establishing an online high school. This resolve also requires the Department of Education to develop legislation to allow enrollment of a student from one school administrative unit in an educational course offered via the Internet by another school administrative unit and to make distance learning via the Internet a top priority in the State.

VOTED, Apr 14, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 1013: An Act Regarding School Board Members and Their Spouses, Rep. O'Brien

    ...provides for an exception to that prohibition if the spouse is employed as a part-time substitute teacher or a coach or in some other extracurricular position and the school administrative unit has a policy to handle conflicts of interest. This bill also, in other cases, allows the Commissioner of Education to waive the prohibition if the school administrative unit has a conflict of interest policy in place and can demonstrate, based on the size of the school administrative unit, the geographic location of the school administrative unit and the difficulty in getting employees, that the waiver is appropriate.

5/18/2011: Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

LD 1017: An Act To Improve the Essential Programs and Services Funding Model by Providing for a Cost of Housing Adjustment, Rep Lovejoy

    ...requires that, beginning in fiscal year 2013-14, the regional adjustment to the salary and benefits costs of teachers and other school personnel be based on the cost of housing in the counties in the State. The bill also directs the Commissioner of Education, in conjunction with the Maine Education Policy Research Institute, to prepare a transition plan that addresses the development of the regional adjustment that is based on a cost of housing factor.

Latest Committee Action: VOTED, May 10, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 1044: An Act To Allow a Tax Credit for Tuition Paid to Private Schools, Rep. Fitzpatrick

    ...provides for an income tax credit of up to $2,000 for tuition paid to a private school for a taxpayer or a dependent of the taxpayer. [Referred to TAXATION Committee]

VOTED, Apr 13, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 1045: An Act To Encourage Better Grades for High School Students by Linking Grades with the Granting of a Driver's License, Rep. Clark

    ...provides that the Secretary of State may not accept an application for a driver's license of a minor who is enrolled in a secondary school unless the application is accompanied by a letter from the superintendent or principal or an agent of the superintendent or principal or, in the case of a minor who is homeschooled, the person who is in charge of the instruction of that minor, attesting to the fact that the minor is not failing more than one class the successful completion of which is a requirement for graduation.

Committee Report: May 9, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 1049: An Act To Allow a Municipality To Withdraw from a Regional School Unit, Representative Chuck Kruger

    ...xempts a municipality that withdraws from a regional school unit from school reorganization and associated penalties if the reason for withdrawal is that the municipality's educational goals and financial capabilities are not compatible with those of the regional school unit.

VOTED, Apr 13, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 1051: An Act To Calculate Essential Programs and Services Funding on an Equal Labor Market, Representative Herbert Clark

    ...amends the essential programs and services laws so that salary and benefit costs for school level teaching and nonteaching staff are treated equally throughout the State.

Latest Committee Action: VOTED, May 10, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 1083: An Act To Allow the Town of Arundel To Withdraw from Its Regional School Unit without Penalty, Senator Sullivan

    ...exempts the Town of Arundel from certain requirements contained in the school administrative unit reorganization law.

VOTED, Apr 13, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 1092: An Act To Allow a Tax Credit for Tuition Paid to Private Schools, Senator Sherman

    ...provides for an income tax credit of up to $2,500 for tuition paid to a private school for prekindergarten to grade 12 for a taxpayer or a dependent of the taxpayer. ...Committee amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

6/1/2011: SENATE: On motion by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland The Senate ADHERED To ACCEPTANCE of OUGHT NOT TO PASS Report Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

LD 1107: An Act To Eliminate Penalties under the School Administrative Unit Consolidation Laws for Grand Isle School Department, Madawaska School Department, School Administrative District No. 32 and School Administrative District No. 33, Rep. Theriault

    ...waives the penalties for nonconforming school administrative units for School Administrative District No. 33, Grand Isle School Department, Madawaska School Department and School Administrative District No. 32.

5/18/2011: Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

LD 1133: An Act To Reform the Maine Public Employees Retirement System, Senator Richard Woodbury

    ... concept draft proposes to reform the Public Employees Retirement System plan [APPROPRIATIONS]

Committee Report: Jun 15, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 1149: An Act To Provide Equitable Access to Postsecondary Courses, Senator Garrett Mason

    ...authorizes students who are homeschooled and students at certain private schools to attend postsecondary courses under the same conditions as those set for students who attend public secondary schools and allows the postsecondary educational institutions to receive the state subsidy for those students.

Apr 7, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 1188: An Act To Achieve Maine's High School Graduation Goal, Senate President Raye

    ...establishes the At-risk Student Grant Program, to be administered by the Commissioner of Education, to improve the ability of school districts to reduce dropout rates by creating programs, preferably with nonprofit partners, to provide services to at-risk youth that may include an option for residential services and will further the State's goal of increasing high school graduation rates. The program is funded from available resources identified by the commissioner.

Latest Committee Action: VOTED, May 13, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 1197: An Act To Amend Standards for Participation in Certain Public School Services by Students Who Are Homeschooled, Rep. Burns

    ...allows a student who is homeschooled to obtain special education services from a school administrative unit and allows the school administrative unit to receive state reimbursement for the provision of those services. This bill also allows a student who is homeschooled to receive reimbursement from a school administrative unit of 50% of the tuition costs for attendance in postsecondary courses as long as the student meets the same relevant criteria as a student at a secondary school in that school administrative unit. ...amendment replaces the bill and clarifies that a student receiving homeschool instruction is eligible for a state tuition subsidy for postsecondary courses taken under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20‑A, chapter 208‑A as long as the criteria for participation are met. This amendment also clarifies that a student receiving homeschool instruction is eligible for special education services in the same manner that students enrolled in a private school are eligible for these services.

6/29/2011 - The House INSISTED to FAILING of PASSAGE TO BE ENACTED. Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

LD 1206: An Act To Amend the School Consolidation Laws Pertaining to Higher Performing Schools, Representative Tyler Clark

    ...allows a school administrative unit to qualify for exemption from the school consolidation law if it has 2 schools that have been identified as "higher performing."

5/17/2011: Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

LD 1214: An Act To Allow a Referendum Regarding School Choice within Regional School Unit No. 12, Representative W. MacDonald

    ...permits the voters in Regional School Unit No. 12 to vote at referendum on whether to end the choice for students in kindergarten to grade 8 residing in the Town of Alna or the Town of Westport Island to attend school in a town other than the Town of Wiscasset.

VOTED, Apr 13, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 1269: An Act To Require That the Taking of a Statewide Assessment Test for High School Seniors Be Voluntary, Senator Saviello

    ...allows students in grade 12 to choose to not take an assessment test administered by their school, including the preliminary scholastic assessment test, or PSAT, or the scholastic assessment test, or SAT.

Latest Committee Action:VOTED, May 13, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 1283: An Act To Allow Students Choice in High School Enrollment, Representative Maeghan Maloney (D-Augusta)

    ...equires school administrative units to allow school choice. Each school administrative unit must allow up to 20 8th grade students choice in public high school enrollment. Receiving schools are required to take the students as tuition students.

Latest Committee Action: VOTED, May 9, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 1287 An Act To Create a Scholarship Granting Organization Tax Credit, Senator Roger Sherman

    ...establishes a scholarship granting organization credit to provide a Maine income tax credit to individuals and corporations who donate to scholarship granting organizations. Scholarship granting organizations are defined as organizations that provide educational scholarships to public or private school students in kindergarten to grade 12 who are from households in which the household incomes are no more then 250% of the income guidelines used to qualify for the federal free and reduced price lunch program. The amount of the credit is the amount of voluntary cash contributions made to a scholarship granting organization, up to a maximum of 50% of the tax owed. Scholarship granting organizations that receive such contributions are subject to reporting requirements. The credit is not available for an educational scholarship provided to a student who attends a school that employs a paid staff or board member, or that person's immediate family member, who is a member or an immediate family member of a member of the scholarship granting organization. [REFERRED to the Committee on TAXATION]

5/16/2011: Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

LD 1289: An Act To Waive Penalties on School Administrative District No. 32 and School Administrative District No. 33 under the School Administrative Unit Consolidation Laws, Rep. Troy Jackson

    ...waives the penalties for nonconforming school administrative units for School Administrative District No. 32 and School Administrative District No. 33 to allow those school administrative districts more time to organize under the school administrative unit consolidation laws.

5/18/2011: Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

LD 1298: An Act To Facilitate the Certification of Teachers, Representative Andrew O'Brien

    ...allows an individual who has 3 months left in a 4-year teacher preparation program to be issued a nonrenewable transitional teacher certificate by the State Board of Education. The certificate expires upon the individual’s completion of the program and the issuance of a provisional teaching certificate. The bill also provides that semester hours of study that are required for teacher certification may be earned at a 2-year accredited college or university.

Apr 12, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 1322: An Act To Extend the Probationary Period for Teachers, Rep Nelson

    ...requires school superintendents to implement programs to evaluate and support probationary teachers and extends the probationary period for teachers from 2 years presently to 3 years for teachers hired in 2012 and 4 years for teachers hired in 2013 or subsequent years.

Apr 12, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 1346: An Act To Enhance Access to the Workplace for Minors, Rep. Burns

    ...amends the laws governing employment practices in the following ways: 1. It establishes a training wage for trainees or secondary students under 20 years of age at $5.25 per hour for their first 180 days of employment; 2. It eliminates the maximum number of hours a minor 16 years of age or older can work during school days; 3. It allows a minor under 16 years of age to work up to 4 hours on a school day during hours when school is not in session; 4. It allows a home-schooled student to work during regular public school hours, but not during regularly scheduled home school hours; 5. It exempts a minor under 16 years of age who is enrolled in school from the maximum hour requirements to work in an agricultural setting as long as the minor has written permission from the minor’s parent or guardian; and 6. It allows a parent or guardian of a minor who is home schooled to sign a work permit instead of the superintendent of the school administrative unit where the homeschooled minor lives. [Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development]

Committee Report: May 5, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 1380: An Act To Extend the Salary Supplement for National Board-certified Teachers at Publicly Supported Secondary Schools That Enroll at Least 60% Public Students, Senator David Hastings

    ...extends the salary supplement provided to public school teachers who have attained certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to teachers at publicly supported secondary schools, which includes private secondary schools approved for the receipt of public funds that enroll 60% or more publicly funded students. ... amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

6/1/2011 Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

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 requiremments 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.

Latest Committee Action: VOTED, May 9, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 1414: An Act To Provide Property Tax Relief for Year-round Residents 67 Years of Age or Older, Representative Alan Casavant

    ...establishes an additional property tax relief for residents 67 years of age or older who qualify for the Circuitbreaker Program, have an income of no more than $75,000 and assets of no more than $200,000. [Referred to TAXATION Committee]

Latest Committee Action: VOTED, May 9, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 1424: An Act To Enhance Parental Roles in Education Choice, Representative Amy Volk

    ...allows parents to petition for the restructuring of a school that is not making adequate yearly progress. Restructuring may include closure of the school, conversion of the school to a charter school, replacement of school leadership and teachers and oversight by the State of structural improvements. This bill is based on a process referred to as the "Parent Trigger" adopted by the State of California in 2009.

Latest Committee Action: VOTED, May 9, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

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.

Latest Committee Action: VOTED, May 10, 2011, Ought Not to Pass

LD 1430: Resolve, To Conduct a Review of the Roles and Functions of the Department of Education and of Certain Mandates, Representative Adam Goode

    ... establishes a stakeholder group to conduct a review of the roles and functions of the Department of Education and of unfunded and underfunded mandates. The stakeholder group is required to prepare and submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 7, 2011.

Committee Report: May 16, 2011, Ought Not to Pass