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Naran
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Charter Schools in Maine

Charter schools in Maine

By Malcom W. Gauld
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010 2:03 PM EST

... Maine is among the small group of U.S. states that continue to ban charter schools. With a new governor about to be sworn in who favors charter schools, that could change. ...

... it’s important... to realize that there are definitely two types of charter school legislation. (One).. permits charters to exist. ....(also( legislation that ... comes with enough funding and autonomy to allow for a reasonable shot at success. I sincerely hope that Maine’s legislation will reflect the latter.

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UncleJaque
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The Baldacci Regime and

The Baldacci Regime and others who have reigned for the past 35 years or so were simply enforcing the Teacher's Union's tyrannical monopoly on education. Not only do they insist on an economic monopoly, but an ideological / indoctrinational lock on the minds of our youngest Citizens as well. They have had it their way for some time now - how old is this blob of legislative despotism anyway?

The MEA Cabal will not relinquish their clutches on the minds of our children or the money of our Taxpayers without a nasty scrap - and they can usually afford to put up a doozey in the polls or in the courts, as well as the propaganda mills of our media.

Perhaps Gov. LePage could consult with Gov. Chris Christie of NJ who has a pretty good track record of dealing with the NEA dragon and pick up a few of his tricks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkuTm-ON904&feature=player_embedded
(If I didn't know better, I would think that these two Governors were BROTHERS!!!)

I suspect that he and we are going to need all the help we can get if we are going to bring any fresh air and LIBERTY back to our education system here in Maine.

Jon Reisman
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The MEA and a closely

The MEA and a closely affiliated PAC sent $50K in cash and almost $25K in-kind to an environmental left PAC that spent almost $350 K directly attacking LePage. In this they were joined by Pingree fiancee Sussman ($84K), Roxanne Quimby ($10K), The National League of Conservation Voters ($60K), Senator Justin Alfond ($500), Dan Tishman ($50K) and other green/anti-LePage advocates. It's a fascinating list.

BlueJay
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Thanks for the link, Jon.

Thanks for the link, Jon. Interesting; a whole "green" cast of characters in addition to D.S. Sussman.

Mr. Magoo
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It seems like Malcom Gauld

It seems like Malcom Gauld manages to get an Op Ed in the Press Herald about every other month, mostly, in my opinion to push the benefits of the Hyde School of which he's the head of. Oh well, it beats the cost of a half or full page ad.

UncleJaque
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Fascinating, yes,

Fascinating, yes, Jon.

Surprising? Not in the least.

Were it not for the much maligned TEA Party (maligned even within the MEGOP) the Marxists and their "green" Komrades would have jammed Paul down into the dumpster of political obscurity and irrelevance just like they did TABOR - twice!
I hope that the MEGOP Leadership does not soon forget that reality...
...However, I get a sinking feeling that they probably will.

As a matter of fact, something tells me that they already have.

Naran
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Another school board member

Another school board member who wants more taxation, and doesn't "get" why education funding is lacking. She wants a return of the snack tax, higher sales taxes, and opposes charter schools.

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Opinion

Posted: June 4

Maine Voices: Charter schools no panacea for what ails Maine schools

The real solution would involve increasing the state sales tax to fund better education.

ROCKPORT - ... why are charter schools being presented as a solution to...problems facing Maine's schools?

We don't need more schools. We need more money to fix and maintain Maine's existing schools. How creating new charter schools remedies this bigger problem just baffles me.

Sure, flirting with the idea of creating a new charter school is enticing and exciting. But Maine schools are already hard-hit with financial burdens and losses.

...does it make sense to pull funds from public schools to educate a select few? Is it equitable?
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- Betsy Saltonstall
School board member in Rockport.

[url=http://www.pressherald.com/opinion/charter-schools-no-panacea-for-what-a...

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Dear Ms. Saltonstall - the problem with education funding in Maine is not the lack of tax dollars. The problem is how that funding is used. Too often, our education systems have been worrying the dimes, while burning the dollars.

The best example is new school builds. Instead of the DOE giving communities a choice of four or five designs, which could be tweaked as needed to fit each site, they have allowed custom, expensive school designs, engineering and construction on each new school, in each different community, for decades.

That lack of oversight and common sense has made certain architectural and engineering firms wealthy, instead of putting those dollars into textbooks, supplies, capital expenses, and infrastructure maintenance.

If we had those wasted [u]hundreds and hundreds of millions[/u] back that were expended for new school builds in Maine during the last 20 years, it would equal more funding for our schools than a thousand "snack" taxes.

It's time the DOE, and Maine's school boards, stopped worrying the dimes and burning the dollars. Higher taxes are NOT the answer. A better use of the existing funding is the real solution.

Guizot
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Maine already gives public

Maine already gives public funds to public-private hybrid schools. What makes, say, Lincoln Academy good, and charter schools bad? Why isn't this being discussed? Why don't we charter more public-private schools of the type we already have?

Thrasybulus
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Because it would lessen the

Because it would lessen the power of the union and SAVE MONEY.

The PPH editorialized on the tuition tax credits as a "raid on the treasury" of $25 million. Complete mathematical idiots. If the subsidies encouraged 3000 student to transfer to private schools or kept private schools serving 3000 students open, the SAVINGS would be $30 million. Duh.

The state has already made war on the public/private academies, and if they manage to close the parochial schools, the costs will be enormous. And the students will perform worse. Not that they give a rat's rump about THAT.

Watcher
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Betty Saltonstall (School

Betty Saltonstall (School Board member) - "We need more money......"

Well now Betty, do you promise that teachers will teach better if we give them more money even though many RSU's are already among the highest per pupil cost in America? Yeah, that's it....take more money from people who can ill afford it now to give to people who are already well compensated and are doing a poor job of educating the kids (check to recent test score results in many Maine county schools)

Jeffersonian
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Charter schools in Maine

Charter schools in Maine might be a useful experiment to improve the quality of education, but its no panacea. These would still be government schools with mandates and tax money. What is needed is more choice for parents and those who wish to sponsor a child's education without the the bogeyman of tax dollars for private schools.

If a law could be constructed which would allow people to have a tax credit, say up to $1500-$2,000 per year against their property and/or income taxes, to be used for any school, private or public, religious or secular, that would inject some choice and competition. Even with charter schools now envisoned, you'll still have a quasi-government monopoly in education with the educracy controlling the curriculum and the tax money. Power follows money.

Put the power in the hands of parents and their supporters using their own money for their own kids; not in the hands of the government and the organizations (the unions) who supports this failed system. Right now, the "public schools" are just churning out little P.C. indoctrinated future big government Democrats.

Kevin R
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We need more than charter

We need more than charter schools. We need choice and vouchers. I for example would like to send my kids to Thornton Academy and McCauley HS. It would be an affordable option if my tax contributions would follow.

Guizot
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We should all be treated as

We should all be treated as though we lived in towns that don't support public high schools. Send your children to the school you want and the state will pay the average tuition. SADs and RSUs are sold by the public school establishment to suckers who don't know enough about the alternatives.

Watcher
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Charter Schools can operate

Charter Schools can operate under Free-Market rules which means, they produce superior product (better educated kids) or lose their business. The same could apply to government schools if the government would allow it and kick the teachers unions out of their voting booths and wallets.

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