EdComm 11/08/2010

State of Maine
124th Legislature
Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs

Monday, November 8, 2010
Cross State Office Building, Room #202


9:00 a.m. BRIEFING: Brenda Harvey, Commissioner of Health & Human Services and Angela Faherty, Commissioner of Education
± Review the 2nd interim report pursuant to P.L. 2009, c. 643 (LD 1804), “An Act Concerning Certain MaineCare Rules Regarding Services Provided through the Child Development Services System and School Administrative Units”

10:30 a.m. BRIEFING: Angela Faherty, Commissioner of Education
± Report on start of 2010-11 school year, budget, and other issues reported by school superintendents to Maine DOE
± Status report on the implementation of the school district reorganization laws, including the number of school units in non-compliance
± Report on student data collection, including students’ social security numbers
± Report on other Maine DOE initiatives

12:00 p.m. BRIEFING: Chancellor Richard Pattenaude, University of Maine System President John Fitzsimmons, Maine Community College System; and President William Brennan, Maine Maritime Academy
± Panel discussion on the state of publicly-supported higher education, Including enrollment, finances and other issues

1:30 p.m. BRIEFING: Angela Faherty, Commissioner of Education and David Silvernail, Maine Education Policy Research Institute
± Status report on school finance issues under review by Maine DOE and MEPRI pursuant to Resolve 2009, c. 197 (LD 551), Resolve, To Direct the Commissioner of Education To Review the Essential Programs and Services Funding Formula”

2:30 p.m. BRIEFING: Angela Faherty, Commissioner of Education and LD 1658 Stakeholder Group Members
± Presentation of stakeholder group report pursuant to P.L. 2009 c. 626 (LD 1658), “An Act To Increase Maine's High School Graduation Rates” (Stakeholder group recommendations to increase high school graduation rates, as well as policies related to expulsion, suspension, zero-tolerance practices and truancy)