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Teacher assignment bill defeated in Legislature

The House today reaffirmed its vote against a bill that would have encroached on the school board’s right to set education policy, and the legislation has officially been defeated.

L.D. 1544, An Act To Improve Teaching Assignments in Maine’s Public Schools, would have required teaching assignments to be negotiated, preventing schools from acting quickly and responsibly when reassigning teachers to meet student needs.

The bill received a bipartisan ought not to pass (ONTP) vote of 10-3 in the Education Committee, and those 10 members worked to assure its defeat by the full Legislature. School superintendents and board members also worked diligently for the bill’s defeat, contacting key legislators.

After some back and forth late last week between the Senate and House, the ought not to pass report was finally adopted in the House this morning.

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