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DOE starting over on proficiency diploma rule – October 3, 2017

The Department of Education has announced it is withdrawing the current proposed rule around proficiency-based diplomas and will start a new rulemaking process for a substantially different proposal based on the feedback it received from the field.

School superintendents and others in the education community raised concerns about the first proposed rule, Chapter 134, around making sure all students, including those with special needs, have a pathway to graduation. Other concerns were around the capacity of school districts and the department to do the work outlined in the proposal; sections of rule that go beyond statute; and, local control.

In its October Update, the Department said:

After careful review of all oral and written statements received by the Maine DOE regarding proposed rule Chapter 134, the Maine DOE has made the decision to withdraw the current proposed rule. The Department intends to start a new rulemaking process for a substantively different Chapter 134 after having conceptual discussions in October and early November with representatives of the following stakeholder groups: superintendents, principals, teachers, students, school board members, curriculum leaders, and parents. A Priority Notice will be released the first week of October with more details.

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