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TO:                   Superintendents of Schools, Assistant Superintendents, Curriculum Coordinators, and Principals

FROM:             Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:              May 11, 2005

RE:                    LD 1424 – Briefing Sessions Scheduled Around the State

            Yesterday morning each of you should have received Informational Letter #124 –

Education Committee Vote on LD 1424, An Act to Simplify Implementation of the Learning Results – in which I promised that we would be scheduling briefing sessions around the State, beginning next week, to both clarify and answer any questions that you may have about LD 1424, An Act to Simplify Implementation of the Learning Results.

            Please join me at any of the following locations:

May 16, 2005


1:30 – 3:30pm

Hutchinson Center Auditorium

The University of Maine, Belfast

May 17, 2005 Fairfield 1:00 – 3:00pm

Carter Hall – Lecture Hall

KV Community College

May 18, 2005 Portland 1:00 – 3:00pm

Luther Bonny Auditorium

The University of Southern Maine

May 19, 2005 Orono 9:30 – 11:30am

Memorial Union – Bangor Room

The University of Maine

Interactive ATM Session – Commissioner On Site in Houlton

May 24, 2005

1:00 – 3:00pm

Houlton High School      - Originating Site

Bangor High School  

Caribou Technical Center

Van Buren High School

            I realize that these briefing sessions are being scheduled on short notice.   However, I am committed to meeting with you to answer your questions and clarify the impact of this mid-course adjustment as outlined in LD 1424.   We have secured locations in various parts of the State in the hope that you would be able to attend a briefing session in your area or a session which fits into your busy calendar.   Please join me if you can.

In the meantime, 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 Education Committee’s deliberations.   My hope is that the changes described in LD 1424, 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.

This is an open meeting and so no RSVPs are necessary.