Notes from Ed Committee work session, Mon, Jan 31, 2011

Governor's supplemental budget

1:40pm
Rep Lovejoy (w/others) doesn't like #MEgov proposing $69M to hospitals while cutting $125K for educating #MEdoctors. #MElegis #EdComm

1:48pm
Thought #MEleg #EdComm was standing up against #MEgov on this. But ended up supporting w/8-5 OTP

1:59pm
That vote was on the part of #MEgov's supplemental budget that curtails $125K for educating Maine doctors.

MEPRI briefing

2:18pm
Frustrated, steering committee of Silvernail's Maine Education Research Policy Institute is requesting to dissolve. #MEleg #EdComm

2:25pm
Suggestion is that MEPRI's work and resources have been squeezed to meet DoE and #EdComm needs, beyond discretion of oversight committee. #MEleg

2:39pm
Alfond: As MEPRI is $375K "single-source" contract w/ USM, #EdComm wants collaborative independent oversight, open to suggestions. #MEleg.

2:51pm
Sen Langley asks if MEPRI's advisory board has served to peer review Silvernail's work. Rier, who is on board, says No. #MEleg #EdComm.

2:54pm
Rep Johnson wants MEPRI advisory board to provide peer review, in process reviews, and to suggest topics for research. #MEleg #EdComm

3:04pm
Context: Neutrality of MEPRI's work has sometimes been doubted, particularly when used by DoE to bolster arguments for reorganization.

3:10pm
#MEleg #EdComm is now reviewing MEPRI's 'Condition of K-12 Public Education in Maine 2011.' You can too. http://ht.ly/3NyXp #MEschools

3:22pm
#MEleg #EdComm adjourned.. Members also received MEPRI booklet of #MEschools 'District Profiles' Supposed to be online also, but don't see.

[Edited to add: Dr. Silvernail has directed me to MEPRI's District Profiles page.]