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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools, Assistant Superintendents, Curriculum Coordinators, Special Education Directors, and Principals

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:             May 10, 2005

RE:                  Education Committee Vote on LD 1424, An Act to Simplify Implementation of the Learning Results

On Wednesday, May 4, 2005 the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs voted unanimously Ought to Pass LD 1424 as amended. During the work session, Commissioner Gendron and members of the Education Committee spoke to the following goals that underscore the action taken by the Committee:

The following key changes were included in the bill:

The following actions will be required of the Department as a result of the enactment of LD 1424:

            In the coming days, the Department will provide additional information to you through briefing sessions around the State, beginning next week.   We will also be providing a follow-up Informational Letter which will include the following information:

            In addition, the amendments to Chapter 125 and 127 and their implications will be included on the agenda for the upcoming Superintendents’ Conference in June.  

            I wish to thank all of you who attended the public hearings and work sessions in Augusta.   The voices from the field played a critical role in shaping the final outcome of the Committee’s deliberations.   My hope is that the changes described above, which stem from the lessons learned in the first phase of Learning Results implementation, will genuinely enhance our efforts to see that the Learning Results are achieved by all Maine students.