2011 Legislation: ENACTED

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, Rep. Richardson

    [adoption of Common Core] ...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.

EMERGENCY FINALLY PASSED, Mar 23, 2011

LD 19: An Act To Change the Annual Meeting Date and Fiscal Year of Mount Desert Island Regional School District, Rep. Flemings

    ...changes the annual school budget meeting date for Mount Desert Island Regional School District from the 2nd Wednesday in February to the 1st Wednesday in April and conforms the district’s fiscal year to requirements of the Maine Revised Statutes.

EMERGENCY ENACTED, Feb 3, 2011

LD 77: An Act To Include the Study of Franco-American History in the System of Learning Results, Rep. Bolduc

    ...amends the law governing instruction in American history in schools to require the inclusion of Franco-American history and the study of the influence of French intellectual thought on American history.

3/31/2011 - FINALLY PASSED

LD 106: Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education, Rep. Richardson

    ... provides for legislative review of portions of Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty, a major substantive rule of the Department of Education. ...amendment provides that final adoption of portions of Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty, a provisionally adopted major substantive rule of the Department of Education, is authorized contingent upon the department's making specified changes to the proposed rule

5/16/2011 - FINALLY PASSED.

LD 139: An Act To Eliminate the Penalty for Schools That Did Not Reorganize, Rep. Edgecomb

    ... amends the laws governing school administrative unit reorganization to eliminate the penalties set forth for nonconforming school administrative units. ...amendment is the majority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. The amendment strikes and replaces the bill. Beginning January 1, 2012, the amendment reduces the time period from 3 years to 30 months after which a member municipality may petition to withdraw from a regional school unit.

6/8/2011 - Under suspension of the Rules PASSED TO BE ENACTED in concurrence

LD 184: An Act To Promote the Financial Literacy of High School Students, Rep. Chipman

    ...requires the Department of Education to develop and distribute a course on personal finance for use by secondary schools in the State to help students attain financial literacy. The course must include instruction in purchasing, using credit, budgeting, saving and investing, banking, simple contracts, state and federal income taxes, personal insurance policies and renting or purchasing a home. Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, all secondary schools must include the personal finance course as part of the mathematics instruction required to obtain a high school diploma. ...Majority amendment 'A' replaces the bill and requires the Commissioner of Education to develop a program of technical assistance that promotes an integrated model for instruction in personal finance to help secondary school students attain financial literacy. The amendment requires the commissioner to submit an annual report to school boards and superintendents that includes strategies and resources available to implement an integrated model for instruction in personal finance for use in secondary schools. The amendment also requires the annual report to be provided to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters and posted on the Department of Education's publicly accessible website.

5/19/2011 - PASSED TO BE ENACTED

LD 385: An Act To Amend the School Administrative Unit Consolidation Laws, Rep. Johnson

    ...amends the laws governing school administrative unit reorganization to eliminate the penalties set forth for nonconforming school administrative units. The bill also eliminates the provision that gives the Commissioner of Education final approval of a regional school unit, including an alternative organizational structure, and eliminates the requirement that a school after leaving an alternative organizational structure must join a conforming school administrative unit within 2 years. ...amendment is the majority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. The amendment strikes the emergency preamble and the emergency clause from the bill. The amendment also adds an effective date of July 1, 2012 to the bill, including provisions that repeal the following: 1. The Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20‑A, section 15696, which sets out penalties for nonconforming school administrative units; 2. References in the Maine Revised Statutes to penalties for nonconforming school administrative units, including in provisions pertaining to a member municipality that withdraws from a regional school unit and does not join a conforming school administrative unit within 2 years, a member entity that withdraws from an alternative organizational structure and does not join a conforming school administrative unit within 2 years and referenda provision language for a nonconforming school administrative unit seeking to join an existing regional school unit; 3. Provisions governing school administrative units failing to approve a reorganization plan on or before January 30, 2009 in Public Law 2007, chapter 240, Part XXXX that cross‑reference the penalties established for nonconforming school administrative units; and 4. Provisions in Public Law 2007, chapter 240, Part XXXX that cross-reference the penalties established for nonconforming school administrative units and direct the State Board of Education to modify rules governing the rating process for school construction.

6/3/2011 - PASSED TO BE ENACTED in concurrence

LD 391: An Act Concerning Models for Teacher and Principal Evaluations, Rep Strang-Burgess

    ...provides that the laws that require the Department of Education to establish models for the evaluation of the professional performance of teachers and principals do not prevent a school administrative unit from developing and adopting its own models for teacher and principal evaluation. It also provides that the stakeholder group convened by the Commissioner of Education to review models for the evaluation of the professional performance of teachers and principals is charged with reviewing only those models established by the Department of Education.
    (Via Committee Amendment) This amendment clarifies the role of the Department of Education in regard to teacher and principal evaluation models. The department shall propose, rather than establish, models for evaluation of the professional performance of teachers and principals. The amendment clarifies the role of the stakeholder group by indicating that approval of a model is by a majority vote of the group. The amendment also removes the ending date originally established for the stakeholder group to review models proposed by the department.

4/7/2011 - PASSED TO BE ENACTED

LD 403: An Act To Require That School Administrative Units Establish a Mission Statement for Each of the Public Schools Operated by the School Administrative Unit, Rep. Nelson

    ... requires a school board to adopt a mission statement for every school under its jurisdiction. In developing and adopting a mission statement, a school board must solicit input from teachers, administrators, parents, students and community members. The mission statement must be included in the comprehensive education plan required from all school administrative units, and is subject to review as part of the annual report to the Commissioner of Education on the progress of implementing the plan. ...amendment replaces the bill with a resolve to encourage each school administrative unit to adopt a mission statement for every school under its jurisdiction. In developing and adopting a mission statement, school boards are encouraged to solicit input from teachers, administrators, parents, students and community members. The amendment directs the Department of Education to provide technical assistance to school administrative units in developing mission statements for the schools under their jurisdiction. The amendment also directs the Department of Education to review the adoption of mission statements by school administrative units under this resolve and to submit a written report with recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs by September 1, 2014.

6/8/2011 - Under suspension of the Rules FINALLY PASSED in concurrence

LD 404: An Act To Assist School Administrative Units in Providing Health Insurance to Their Employees, Rep. Nelson

    ...allows a school administrative unit to request from its insurer loss information on its employees pursuant to the Maine Insurance Code as part of the competitive bidding process in procuring health insurance for the unit’s employees. ...amendment is the majority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. The amendment replaces the bill. 1. It requires the administrator of an individual school health plan or a group plan covering a multipleschool group to seek competitive bids at least once every 5 years. The amendment requires that the administrator of any such group plan must make the competitive bids available to individual school administrative units upon request. 2. In recognition of the fact that the premium rates for the plan year starting July 1, 2011 have already been set, the amendment requires the Maine Education Association Benefits Trust to review the current benefits option and consider creating a new benefits option with a lower premium rate for the 2012 plan year or a subsequent plan year. 3. It requires the Maine Education Association Benefits Trust to include a representative appointed by the Maine School Boards Association to serve as a member of the board of trustees of the trust no later than January 1, 2012.

5/26/2011 - PASSED TO BE ENACTED.

LD 506: An Act To Prevent the Disclosure of Student Social Security Numbers, Rep. Peterson

    ...repeals the provisions authorizing the Commissioner of Education to require local school units to request and report student social security numbers to the Department of Education. ...amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

5/26/2011 - PASSED TO BE ENACTED.

LD 516: An Act To Amend Maine Law To Conform with Federal Law Regarding Employment Practices for Certain Minors, Senator Plowman

    ...repeals the limiting of hours minors 16 years of age may work while school is not in session. It repeals all limitations on the hours a minor 17 years of age may work. It also conforms Maine law to federal law. ...Committee Amendment 'A' extends the hours a student may work when school is in session. It extends the hours of work permitted per week from 20 to 24 and it extends the hours of work permitted per day from 4 to 6. The amendment removes language pertaining to authorized school closures and hours of employment. The amendment also changes the hour to which a student may work on a day preceding a scheduled school day from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. ...Senate Amendment 'C' changes the hour to which a student may work on a day preceding a school day from 11:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. [Referred to [Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development]

5/23/2011 - PASSED TO BE ENACTED.

LD 564: An Act Regarding Retention and Graduation Rates for Maine's Colleges and Universities, Senator Alfond

    ...requires all postsecondary institutions in the State, including institutions offering accredited postsecondary educational and degree programs on the Internet, to report annually to the Department of Education the retention rates of the students for each degree program and the graduation rates for students who complete 2 year or associate's degree programs in 2, 3 or 4 years and for students who complete 4 year or bachelor's degree programs in 4, 5 or 6 years. This bill requires the Department of Education to report this information annually to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs and publish the report on the department's publicly accessible website. ...Committee amendment replaces the bill to clarify the requirements that all postsecondary educational institutions in the State provide institution-wide retention rates and graduation rates. The amendment also provides that the annual Department of Education report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs must include national comparisons of retention rates and graduation rates for peer institutions. ...Senate amendment clarifies that the information regarding retention and graduation rates must be compiled by the department using information that is already provided by postsecondary institutions.

5/26/2011 - PASSED TO BE ENACTED.

LD 566: An Act To Encourage Transparency in the Department of Education, Senator Alfond

    ...requires the Department of Education to fully disclose its full budget and the true cost of all its programs and services. ...Committee amendment proposes to clarify the reporting and public disclosure requirements of the bill pertaining to the disclosure by the Department of Education of its full budget and the true cost of all its programs and services. The amendment directs the Department of Education to review the November 3, 2010 Report to the Legislative Council on Maine Department of Education Program Funding, including the recommendation that the Legislature should consider requiring the department to provide performance-related data as part of the agency's biennial or supplemental budget request for General Fund appropriations. The amendment also directs the department to submit a report, including findings and recommendations on the costs and benefits of providing performance-related data to the Legislature as part of the department's budget request, no later than January 13, 2012 to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section. ...Senate amendment specifies that, in carrying out the reporting requirement required by this legislation, the Department of Education is to use data that are readily available to, and compiled by, that department. The amendment specifies that the department is not required to report on data at a level of detail that does not exist on the effective date of this legislation, and directs the department to provide the reports within its existing resources.

6/16/2011 - Under suspension of the Rules PASSED TO BE ENACTED in concurrence

LD 568: An Act To Create a Unified Early Childhood Education System in Maine, Senator Alfond

    ...proposes to create a unified early childhood education system that will result in more effective use of limited resources and produce improved outcomes. ...amendment replaces the bill with a resolve requiring the Maine Children's Growth Council to establish and convene a stakeholder group to identify options and alternatives to improve the efficacy and efficiency of Maine's early childhood system. The Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services are required to provide technical assistance to the stakeholder group. The stakeholder group is required to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs and the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services that includes the findings of the stakeholder group, including options and alternatives developed by the stakeholder group and any analysis by the departments of those options and alternatives. The report may include suggested legislation.

6/8/2011 - FINALLY PASSED.

LD 569: An Act To Support and Encourage the Use of Online Textbooks, Senator Alfond

    ...proposes to enact measures designed to support and encourage the use of online textbooks. ...amendment replaces the concept draft with a bill to direct the Commissioner of Education to develop a program of technical assistance, including professional development and training for instruction in digital literacy and the establishment of a clearinghouse for information on the use of online learning resources that may be made available to all schools, including those schools that participate in the learning through technology program that provides one-to-one wireless computers for 7th grade, 8th grade and high school students and educators. The amendment establishes the Digital Literacy Fund, to be administered by the Department of Education. Any private or public funds appropriated, allocated or dedicated to the fund may be used to pay for the development of a program of technical assistance. The amendment also authorizes the Commissioner of Education to expend funds allocated to the learning through technology program for the costs of providing the program of technical assistance. The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

6/6/2011 - Under suspension of the Rules PASSED TO BE ENACTED in concurrence

LD 619: An Act To Allow School Administrative Units and Educational Advisory Organizations To Participate in the State's Group Health Plan, Senator Rosen

    ... provides that employees of school administrative units and educational advisory organizations are eligible to participate in the group health plan that is available to state employees and other eligible persons. ...Amendment, which is the majority report, incorporates a fiscal note.

6/28/2011 - PASSED TO BE ENACTED in concurrence

LD 800: An Act To Allow the Town of Surry To Join School Union No. 93, Senator Langley

    ...authorizes the Commissioner of Education, upon the submission of a written plan of organization that has been approved by the school boards involved in School Union No. 93 and the school board of the Surry School Department, to adjust the grouping of school administrative units in School Union No. 93 to include the Town of Surry

5/23/2011 - PASSED TO BE ENACTED.

LD 903: An Act To Allow a Student Attending Private School Access to Public School Cocurricular, Interscholastic and Extracurricular Activities, Rep. Picchiotti

    ...provides that a student enrolled in an equivalent instruction program in a private school that enrolls fewer than 30 students is eligible to participate in public school cocurricular, extracurricular and interscholastic activities. ...amendment is the majority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. The amendment provides that a student enrolled in an equivalent instruction program in a private school that enrolls fewer than 30 students is eligible to participate in public school cocurricular, extracurricular and interscholastic activities when the private school is not a member of the Interscholastic Division of the Maine Principals’ Association, a statewide association that promotes, organizes and regulates statewide interscholastic activities in both public and private schools

6/29/2011 - Under suspension of the Rules PASSED TO BE ENACTED in concurrence

LD 938: An Act To Permit Public School Online Learning Programs To Accept Nonresident Tuition Students, Rep. Beaulieu

    ...permits Maine public school systems that offer online learning programs to allow nonresident students to participate in those programs on a tuition basis. The participation of nonresident tuition students in these programs will benefit the sponsoring public school systems both educationally and financially. ...amendment clarifies the provisions in the bill that permit Maine public school systems that offer online learning programs to allow nonresident students to participate in those programs on a tuition basis when the students, and their parents, reside outside the State. The amendment also adds language to repeal these provisions in 3 years. The amendment changes provisions in the bill that provide that tuition students whose parents reside outside the State may not be counted for purposes of the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act, may not be included in the statewide assessment program established pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20‑A, chapter 222 and are not subject to Title 20‑A, chapter 223 provisions pertaining to student health, immunization and health screening to clarify that the tuition student must also reside outside the State for these exemptions to apply. The amendment also strikes provisions in the bill that propose to establish a definition of "learning coach" and to add the term to provisions pertaining to online learning programs or courses.

6/8/2011 - PASSED TO BE ENACTED.

LD 949: An Act To Update Maine's High School Graduation Requirements [Title change] Resolve, To Require the Department of Education To Submit a Plan for the Implementation of Standards-based Education, Senator Alfond

    ...concept draft bill to establish standards-based high school graduation requirements. ...amendment replaces the concept draft with a resolve directing the Department of Education to develop and submit a plan for the implementation of standards-based education, including awarding high school diplomas to students who demonstrate proficiency in meeting state standards in all 8 content areas of the system of learning results established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20‑A, section 6209.

6/7/2011 - FINALLY PASSED.

LD 976: An Act To Require 3 Years of Experience in a School Administrative Unit before a Teacher May Receive a Continuing Contract Offer, Rep Johnson

    ...extends the probationary teacher contract to 3 years and provides that a duly certified teacher is not eligible for a continuing contract in the employing school administrative unit until after the 3rd year of a probationary teacher contract. This bill also extends the period of a duly certified teacher's contract to 5 years and requires the superintendent to notify the teacher in writing, prior to May 15th before the expiration of the 5th year of a duly certified teacher's contract, of the superintendent's decision to nominate or not nominate the teacher for another 5-year contract.
    ...amendment specifies that superintendents must evaluate probationary teachers in their 2nd year of employment as determined by school board policy. The amendment increases the probationary period of teachers from its current 2-year period to a 3-year period beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. The amendment directs superintendents to support probationary teachers throughout their probationary periods. The amendment also directs the Department of Education to review teacher evaluation systems to determine how they are used to aid hiring, retention and dismissal decisions and professional development. The Department of Education is directed to report its findings to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 30, 2011.

5/23/2011 - PASSED TO BE ENACTED.

LD 1094: An Act To Improve the Delivery of School Psychological Services to Children, Senator Alfond

    ...changes the term "school psychological service provider" to "school psychologist" in the law pertaining to school psychological services. The bill directs the Commissioner of Education to revise the rules to align the code of ethics and practice standards with those set by the National Association of School Psychologists and the American Psychological Association. It requires that upon initial issuance of a certificate and in the first year of employment a school psychologist is required to participate in at least 2 hours per week of individual or group supervision with a certified school psychologist or licensed psychologist. The bill also authorizes a school to be reimbursed for services provided by a school psychologist to students who are Medicaid recipients. ...amendment distinguishes between a school psychologist at the specialist level and at the doctoral level. It replaces the scope of services section in the bill, clarifying that a school psychologist may deliver services to children from birth to grade 12. It references the current Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services as published by the National Association of School Psychologists for an articulation of the scope and delivery of services. It revises the supervision requirements for a school psychologist receiving initial certification. It removes the MaineCare reimbursement provision in the bill. It directs the Advisory Committee on School Psychologists to convene a stakeholders group to discuss issues regarding certification of school psychologists and requires a report by the Commissioner of Education to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs no later than January 15, 2012. It authorizes the Joint Standing Committee on Educational and Cultural Affairs to submit legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 125th Legislature based on the work of the stakeholders group.

6/10/2011 - Under suspension of the Rules PASSED TO BE ENACTED in concurrence

LD 1136: An Act To Require the Opportunity To Recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Schools, Representative Beth O'Connor

    ...requires a school administrative unit to allow every student enrolled in the school administrative unit the opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at some point during a school day. This bill does not require a student to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

5/23/2011 - PASSED TO BE ENACTED.

LD 1211: An Act To Require That a Student Satisfactorily Complete a Course in Civics and Government To Receive a High School Diploma, Rep. Mary Nelson

    ...Trequires a secondary school student to satisfactorily complete at least one course in civics and government to receive a high school diploma. ...amendment specifies that civics must be taught as part of the required course of study under social studies and history.

6/2/2011 - Under suspension of the Rules PASSED TO BE ENACTED in concurrence

LD 1274: An Act To Restore Equity in Education Funding, Senate President Raye

    ...1. It amends the definition of "property fiscal capacity" in order to base the local school administrative unit's fiscal capacity on the most recent certified state valuation or the average of the certified state valuation for the 3 years prior to the most recently certified state valuation, whichever is lower. This change provides a more accurate determination of a school administrative unit's fiscal capacity while protecting those school administrative units that are experiencing increasing property valuation. 2. It amends the staffing ratios established to determine the calculation of salary and benefit costs for school-level staff positions by providing a 10% reduction in the staffing ratios for school administrative units with a total school population of less than 1,200 students. This change recognizes that school administrative units with fewer than 1,200 students still have to provide certain levels of instruction, support and administrative positions that do not conform to the existing staffing ratios, which are based on enrollment assumptions that do not apply to approved smaller school administrative units. 3. It amends the EPS per-pupil rate calculated by the Commissioner of Education for each school administrative unit by removing the reduction of federal Title I funds from the calculation for teacher salaries and benefit costs. This change reflects the fact that federal Title I funding is one of several sources of revenue that are allocated to school administrative units and expended to support essential programs and services. 4. It amends the regional adjustment in the total operating allocation for school administrative units based on the regional differences in teacher salary costs for the labor market areas in which school administrative units are located by removing the benefits costs for teachers and other school-level staff from the calculation of salary costs. This change addresses the inequitable treatment of school administrative units with lower teacher salary costs relative to statewide averages due to local economic circumstances. ...Committee amendment is the majority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. The amendment removes the provisions in the bill that propose to change the following components of the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act: 1. The definition of "property fiscal capacity" upon which a local school administrative unit's fiscal capacity is based; 2. The removal of the reduction of federal Title I funds from the calculation of salaries and benefits costs for teachers and other school‑level staff who are not teachers from the EPS per-pupil rate calculated by the Commissioner of Education for each school administrative unit; and 3. The removal of the benefits costs for teachers and other school-level staff from the calculation of salary costs included in the regional adjustment in the total operating allocation for school administrative units based on the regional differences in teacher salary costs for the labor market areas in which school administrative units are located. The amendment also adds an adjustment for a school administrative unit that is a minimum subsidy receiver if the percentage of economically disadvantaged students in the school administrative unit is greater than the state average percentage of economically disadvantaged students and the school administrative unit operates a school. This amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section. ...Senate amendment requires the Department of Education to implement the provisions of this legislation within the existing budgeted resources of the general purpose aid for local schools program.

6/29/2011 - PASSED TO BE ENACTED

LD 1326: An Act To Allow School Administrative Units To Seek Less Expensive Health Insurance Alternatives, Representative Ralph Sarty

    ...allows school administrative units to offer group self-insurance health and dental programs and to enter into cooperative agreements with other school administrative units or municipalities to provide such programs. The bill provides that school administrative units may arrange for and offer a choice of optional health or dental insurance plans to employees and their families that may vary in benefits provided and costs. The bill also requires insurers, health maintenance organizations and nonprofit hospital or medical service organizations to provide information concerning a school administrative unit's own experience and claims history as a member covered under a group policy or contract to that school administrative unit at that unit's own request and to a municipality that is part of the school administrative unit if the municipality so requests. ...Majority Committee Report amendment clarifies that any group self-insurance program for health benefits established by a school administrative unit with other school administrative units or municipalities through an interlocal agreement must be approved as a multiple‑employer welfare arrangement pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 24‑A, chapter 81. The amendment also removes provisions of the bill relating to the release of loss information and replaces them with a provision that allows an individual school administrative unit to request from its insurer loss information on its employees pursuant to the Maine Insurance Code as part of the competitive bidding process in procuring health insurance for the unit's employees and requires the insurer to release that loss information.

6/16/2011 - PASSED TO BE ENACTED in concurrence

LD 1345: An Act To Align Maine Special Education Statutes with Federal Requirement, Rep. Peter Johnson

    ...repeals provisions providing for planning the transition of students with disabilities to adult services and for transitional services coordination projects for students with disabilities by the Interdepartmental Committee on Transition in order to make state requirements regarding these students not exceed federal requirements. The bill eliminates the Interdepartmental Committee on Transition It also repeals provisions for transitional pilot projects for which funding is no longer provided. This bill enacts language regarding the duties of school administrative units and the Commissioner of Education with regard to services for students with disabilities who are in transition from school to the community in accordance with the provisions of rules adopted by the Department of Education. This bill provides for the coordination of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education in the submission of the annual report on efforts to plan for and develop social and habilitative services for persons who have autism and other pervasive developmental disorders and provides that the report also be submitted to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs. ...amendment clarifies language in the bill that provides for the participation of representatives of the Department of Labor, the Department of Corrections and the Department of Health and Human Services in transition planning for students who are in transition from school to the community. The amendment also requires the Department of Education to form a work group with representation from those departments and other private and public stakeholders to determine appropriate statutory language pertaining to transition to adult services and the allocation of those statutory provisions in the Maine Revised Statutes to reflect the responsibilities of the various state agencies.

6/8/2011 - Under suspension of the Rules PASSED TO BE ENACTED in concurrence

LD 1488: An Act To Create Innovative Public School Zones and Innovative Public School Districts, Senator Langley

    ... provides for the creation, submission, review and approval of innovation plans to establish innovative public school zones and innovative public school districts. An innovative public school zone and an innovative public school district must demonstrate a system for accountability for student achievement that exceeds, but is not in conflict with, the State's accountability standards and the State's assessment system. The bill allows one or more public schools within a school administrative unit to initiate the creation of an innovation plan for submission to its school board. The bill also permits a school board to initiate and collaborate with one or more of the public schools it operates to create an innovation plan. The bill provides that a school board may obtain waivers of laws, rules and local policy requirements from the Commissioner of Education that are considered necessary for an innovative public school zone or district to implement an innovation plan. ...amendment removes the provisions in the bill that propose to require the consent of a majority of administrators, teachers and school staff and students, their parents and the community prior to the designation of a public school as an innovative school, zone or district under an innovation plan. It provides that a school board must approve the acceptance of private gifts, grants and donations received to offset the costs of developing and implementing an innovation plan. It adds provisions to the bill pertaining to the collective bargaining rights of public school employees when an innovative school, zone or district is established under an innovation plan. The amendment provides for the continuation and assignment of collective bargaining agreements, the continuation of continuing contract rights for teachers and the continued recognition of bargaining agents that represent a collective bargaining unit of public employees employed by a public school that establishes an innovative school, zone or district. It provides for the establishment of the Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Educational Services within the Department of Education. The fund permits the department to provide grants to school administrative units, municipalities and counties or a combination of 2 or more of these entities to implement plans for local and regional initiatives such as innovative public schools, zones or districts in order to improve educational opportunity and student achievement through the efficient delivery of educational services. It also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

6/28/2011 - PASSED TO BE ENACTED in concurrence

LD 1553: An Act To Create a Public Charter School Program in Maine", Senator Garrett Mason,

    ...establishes a process to authorize the establishment of public charter schools in the State.

6/28/2011 - Under suspension of the Rules PASSED TO BE ENACTED in concurrence