October 29, 2010

Gubernatorial candidates address education

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Yes, we should attain the 55 percent state funding. It can be done in the first bi-annual budget submitted by my administration. Maine will continue to struggle under property tax burdens if we do not address this issue immediately.


6. Is Maine's current per pupil spending too much, too little or just the right amount? Based on what data?


Are we including cost of facilities, cafeteria, or just teacher salary and textbooks? So many variables are involved in solving a problem. We need to make certain we are doing the correct analysis for the information we truly want. Again, this is a parent, student, teacher, administrator issue and I will work to address this once elected.


7. Do you support collecting students' Social Security Numbers to help develop Maine's longitudinal data system?


No. It enforces the idea that data and standards are more important than individual child achievement. Let teachers teach and let children learn. At no time in our history, has our public school's performance been subject to such criticism while at the same time we have burdened teachers with No Child Left Behind, longitudinal data collection etc. We need to solve problems, not create new ones.


8. Should there be consolidation between the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System? What do you think it should be?


No. They represent different missions and if managed properly can achieve efficiencies, less operational cost, and help more Maine people attained needed higher education. A consolidation proposal avoids the value add we need to introduce; consolidation is a diversion from working to achieve individual excellence in the separate systems.


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