Maine School Management Association sponsored legislative forums in nine different regions across the state in September bringing together school board members, superintendents and legislative candidates to talk about key issues facing public education prior to Election Day.
The forums brought candidates into our schools – three CTE centers, a middle school, high schools and a Community College – and generated lively discussion. The topics discussed included properly funding public education; local control of educational policy; slowing the growth of charter schools and changing the way they are funded so no one district is hard hit by the loss of local funds; and, making sure all students, regardless of their ZIP code, have access to quality teachers and curricula.
Maine School Management Association sponsored the forums for the first time this year to give potential legislators background on the positions held by the Maine School Boards Association and Maine School Superintendents Association, which are under the MSMA umbrella. All candidates who attended received the MSMA “Education Priorities for the 127 Legislature” package and those who could not attend are being mailed a copy.
To see a slide show of the forums, which were held in Aroostook County, Washington County, Hancock County, the Penquis Region, Western Maine, the Mid-Coast, Kennebec Valley, Cumberland County and York County, click on this link: