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Press Releases before 2010

 

December 30, 2010 Two Students Receive Maine HS Diplomas in Blaine House Ceremony
Bangor and Portland student graduate despite “disruption” to their education

December 7, 2010 Two from Maine Recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools

November 12, 2010 Maine Reports School Progress to Feds
Adequate Yearly Progress

October 25, 2010 Faherty Presents $25,000 Milken Award to Lewiston Teacher
Kristie Clark receives prestigious award in front of students and colleagues

September 28, 2010 Maine DOE Takes Security Steps
Security review and delay in data submission aim to bolster confidence in system

September 13, 2010 Core Curriculum, Rigorous Course Work Lead to Stronger Scores among Maine Students
Maine students’ scores on the SAT and the Advanced Placement test remain stable

September 10, 2010 Oakland Teacher Named 2011 Teacher of the Year
Shelly Moody is chosen from among 13 nominees

September 3, 2010 Statement Regarding Approval of Edujobs Funds for Maine

July 19, 2010 Maine Releases 2008-09 Graduation Rates
New federally required method allows comparison among states and schools

July 12, 2010 Maine Application Receives Final Approval
Major infusion of funds for seven schools

June 17, 2010 Students Receive Maine HS Diplomas in Blaine House Ceremony
Despite “disrupted” education, students graduate from high school

June 15, 2010 Student Artwork to Appear on Laptop Screen Savers

June 2, 2010 Statement from Acting Commissioner Angela Faherty regarding the release of the final Common Core State Standards

June 1, 2010 Maine Submits Race to the Top Application
State in running for up to $75m in education reform funds

May 12, 2010 Maine on Track in Education Race
A stakeholder group removes the last barrier in the Race to the Top application

November 19, 2009 Maine to Apply for Race to the Top Funds
Changes in legislation needed before filing application

October 21, 2009 DOE Releases Three Testing and Accountability Reports
Gendron cites usefulness of data from national math test, Adequate Yearly Progress report, and high school test in providing targeted assistance to students

October 14, 2009 Education Officials Highlight School Nutrition
Gendron, State Board of Education members join students for school lunch

October 13, 2009 Gendron Presents $25,000 Milken Award to Real School Teacher
Rich Meserve receives the prestigious award in front of students and colleagues

September 24, 2009 Maine School Guidelines For Free and Reduced Price Meals and Free Milk

September 17, 2009 Falmouth Teacher Named 2010 Teacher of the Year
Kevin Grover is chosen from among 14 nominees

September 3, 2009 Students Get First Look at New Laptops
Nation looks to Maine in the widest deployment yet of laptops

September 1, 2009 Governor Signs Civil Emergency Order to Fight Flu, Facilitate School-Based Vaccinations

August 13, 2009 Reading and Math Performance Improves
Students in Grades 3 through 8 show progress on MEA

July 30, 2009 Maine Teacher of the Year Finalists Named
Three move to final round

July 28, 2009 Summit Takes Aim at Dropout Rate
Nearly 300 work to increase graduation rate to 90 percent

July 26, 2009 Maine Teachers Receive Presidential Awards
Science and mathematics teachers Thompson and Spencer will participate in White House ceremony

July 16, 2009 Superintendents Receive Commissioner’s Awards
Gendron honors Don Siviski and Mike Cormier

July 15, 2009 Reorganized School Districts Open for Business
26 new Regional School Units are now in operation

July 10, 2009 Whitefield and Chelsea Students Receive Maine Diplomas
Despite disruptions to their education, Brandy Mansfield and William Grondin graduate in Blaine House ceremony

July 9, 2009 Maine DOE’s Science & Tech Specialist Receives Audubon Award
Anita Bernhardt is named 2009 educator of the year for contributions to environmental education

July 2, 2009 Gendron Named President of National Organization
Will lead state education commissioners at pivotal time

June 30, 2009 Maine Expands Student Laptop Program to High Schools
Order Placed for Largest Education Technology Program of its Kind

June 23, 2009 Education Recovery Checks are in the Mail
First of three waves of Stabilization Funds

June 18, 2009 Governor Baldacci Honors Two Promising Youth Science Leaders
Jennifer Leach of Bangor High School and Sylvia Talbott of Lake Region High School in Bridgton selected for prestigious National Youth Science Camp

May 21, 2009 At-risk Youth Educators Honored
Commissioner recognizes seven for their alternative ed work

May 5, 2009 Kennebunk Elementary to Reopen One Day Early
New U.S. CDC guidance eliminates need for school closures

May 5, 2009 Maine Teachers Honored at Events in D.C. and Los Angeles
Obama honors Noyes of Westbrook; Gagne, of Auburn, feted at “Oscars of Teaching”

April 23, 2009 New Partnership Helps Parents Engage in Their Kids’ Digital Lives
Program offers guidance on helping kids make smart and safe digital media choices

April 17, 2009 Ed Department to Re-send Some Subsidy Reports
Error affects calculations for about 90 school systems

March 25, 2009 2010 Teacher of the Year Semi-finalists Named
Six teachers move to second stage

March 16, 2009 Students Sought to Serve on State Board of Education
Applications due April 15

March 16, 2009 Summer Programs Eligible for Federal Meals Funds
Nonprofits may apply for Maine DOE summer food service program sponsorship

March 13, 2009 Governor, Deputy Commissioner of Education Honor Teachers
Teacher of the Year Nominees honored at State House ceremony

March 11, 2009 Maine Expands Laptops to High School Students
Computers also become a family resource, providing tools for parents seeking employment

February 25, 2009 Gendron Participates in White House Press Conference
Gendron, Secretary Duncan speak to education funding in the recovery package following two hour meeting with state education commissioners that included VP Biden

February 11, 2009 Maine Tops Nation in Increase of AP Achievement
Largest single-year increase in percentage of students scoring 3 or above

January 28, 2009 Voters weigh in on 18 reorganization votes
To date, 128 units consolidate into 62 regional units

December 19, 2008 Nominations Due for 2010 Maine Teacher of the Year
Accepted now through January 30

December 15, 2008 Major Grant Supports New Four-State Partnership on Redefining High School
$1 Million from Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation creates the New England Secondary School Consortium

December 11, 2008 Maine Joins Regional Testing Partnership
NECAP will save money and build a regional, collaborative approach to education

December 2, 2008 Gendron Tapped for Education Policy Task Force
Group to recommend first 100 days education strategy to Obama’s transition team

November 25, 2008 Math and Science Teacher Award Finalists Named
Five teachers in the running for prestigious Presidential Award

November 5, 2008 Majority of Reorganization Referendum Votes Favorable
At least 12 of 18 plans approved

October 16, 2008 More than half of all reorganization plans submitted
Gendron: 17 reorganization plans go to voters on Nov. 4; more plans coming in daily

October 14, 2008 Gendron Presents $25,000 Milken Award to Auburn Teacher
Surprise! Michelle Gagne receives the prestigious award in front of students and colleagues

October 6, 2008 Construction Bonding Delay to Save Education Dollars in Upcoming Budget
Response to national economy, state budget pressure, bond market

September 10, 2008 Westbrook Teacher Named 2009 Maine Teacher of the Year
Gloria Noyes is chosen from among 9 nominees

September 8, 2008 DOE Releases AYP Results and High School Test Scores
Participation in SAT is higher in spring 2008

August 27, 2008 2009 Maine Teacher of the Year Finalists Named
Four teachers move to final round

August 25, 2008 Students Eligible for Free, Reduced Price Meals, Milk
2008-09 income guidelines announced by Maine DOE

August 18, 2008 Native Chinese Teachers Visit Augusta before Heading to Maine Classrooms
Part of Maine and nationwide push for more world languages instruction in an increasingly global economy

July 24, 2008 Whitefield Student Receives First “Maine Diploma” in Blaine House Ceremony
New law allows state Education Department to award diplomas to students who have experienced disruptions in their education

July 22, 2008 MEAs Show Continued Improvement
Reading proficiency up 5 percentage points; math up 4 percentage points

July 17, 2008 $3.1m Study Focuses on Maine Youth Intervention Programs
Maine communities using “developmental assets” chosen for pioneering study

July 11, 2008 Commissioner Approves Reorganization Plan
Belfast and Searsport area schools to combine

July 11, 2008 Maine Teacher Selected for National Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
Teacher from Songo Locks Elementary School Will Bring Classroom Experience to National Education Dialogue

June 26, 2008 New Report Shows National Teacher Certification Improves Student Achievement
Gendron hails results confirming link

June 20, 2008 Fourteen More School Plans Approved
More plans in the works

June 18, 2008 Commissioner, Planning Committee Celebrate First Voter-Approved Regional School Unit
Voters in Hallowell, Farmingdale, Richmond, Monmouth and Dresden approved plan June 10

June 5, 2008 Youth and Adults Honored for Efforts to Help Kids Complete in High School
First Lady Karen Baldacci presents awards to five youth and seven “Great People Who Rock”

June 2, 2008 Barbara Bush Awards $322,452 for Maine Family Literacy Initiative
Seventeen programs receive grants

April 30, 2008 Savings Tool for Maine Schools Expands
Online purchasing tool purchased by national company, moves from pilot phase to wide use

April 30, 2008 USDE Gives Maine Final OK for SAT
Groundbreaking use of SAT as high school assessment approved

April 16, 2008 Governor Presents Service Learning Awards
Students from 14 schools statewide participate in State House ceremony

April 4, 2008 Maine Writing Scores Show Improvement
National eighth-grade assessment reflects higher performance in writing

March 17, 2008 Governor, Education Commissioner honor teachers
Teacher of the Year Nominees honored at State House ceremony

February 20, 2008 Maine Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program
Students headed to Washington and to receive $5000 scholarship

February 19, 2008 Maine Schools Not Serving Recalled Beef
Beef on hold in Maine schools since Jan. 31

February 13, 2008 Deadline Extended for Teacher of the Year Nominations
Nominations accepted through Feb. 22

February 5, 2008 Commissioner, School Districts Celebrate Reorganization Milestones
Falmouth/SAD 51 reorganization plan first to receive approval; Bath, surrounding towns first to form a new unit

January 30, 2008 Major Changes to Federal Medicaid Rules Hit State, Local and School Budgets and Providers
Some Federal cuts to be implemented 12 months earlier than anticipated

January 28, 2008 Educators, Public Invited to Regional Forums on Preparing Students for 21st Century Learning
Goal is to gather input on the implementation of Maine's Learning Results, proposed changes to school approval, and proposed high school diploma requirements

January 17, 2008 Education Committee Sends LD1932 to Senate
Revised bill removes financial barriers, allows some waivers

December 20, 2007 Commissioner Responds to Reorganization Plans
Eighty-five percent of the state’s school units are in proposed configurations that comply

December 13, 2007 Education Committee Votes to Remove Financial Barriers
LD 1932 now moves to the full House and Senate

December 7, 2007 Gendron: School Systems Will Meet Target (UPDATED 6 p.m., 12/7/07)
She cites “excellent, painstaking, challenging” work by communities in creating new regional school units

December 5, 2007 16 Maine Teachers Achieve Highest Certification
Only 40 percent of candidates succeed in the rigorous review

December 3, 2007 Maine School of Science and Mathematics Ranked in Top 100 High Schools Nationwide
Twelve other Maine high schools in U.S. News and World Report’s first annual ranking

November 28, 2007 Bill Would Remove Financial Barriers to Consolidation
Allows local cost-sharing agreements and removes disincentives

November 27, 2007 DOE Releases Adequate Yearly Progress List
Release also includes test scores on the Maine High School Assessment

November 13, 2007 AIDS Quilt to Show in Portland, Orono
Memorial quilt aims to remember, heal

October 24, 2007 Gendron, Baldacci Hail Results of Laptop Study
Use of laptops in curriculum results in greater writing achievement

October 19, 2007 College applications to become high school graduation requirement
Gendron announces move to increase equality of access to higher education

October 2, 2007 Grants Awarded to Projects that Help Adults Go to College
22 projects statewide

September 20, 2007 Maine Schools Roll Out Farm Products in School Lunches
Governor proclaims Maine Harvest Day for School Lunch

September 11, 2007 Sanford Teacher Named 2008 Maine Teacher of the Year
Martin McKeon is chosen from among 19 nominees and eight finalists

August 31, 2007 Sen. Mitchell, Gendron to Discuss Next Steps in Reorganization
Focus is Kennebec Valley area school systems

August 30, 2007 Gendron Releases Reorganization Update
156 notices filed as of Thursday morning, the day before the deadline

August 23, 2007 Redesigned MEA Scores Show Improvement
Scores in Grades 3 through 8 rise in math, reading and science

July 31, 2007 State Education Board to Host Conference for Youth
Aims to increase youth participation in the State Board and in education policy throughout Maine

July 30, 2007 Maine Joins Leading National Partnership on 21st Century Skills Education
The Partnership includes five other states and some of the nation’s largest technology companies

July 3, 2007 Education Commissioner Honors Superintendent
Rick Lyons of SAD 22 receives “Commissioner’s Award”

June 22, 2007 DOE Recognizes Contributions to At-risk Youth
Truancy, dropout and alternative education programs highlighted

June 19, 2007 Barbara Bush Awards $234,995 for Maine Family Literacy Initiative

June 18, 2007 State DOE Awards Grants to Math and Science Partnerships
The federal funds go to professional development

June 14, 2007 Reorganization Meetings Scheduled Locally
DOE Announces 26 Regional Informational Meetings

May 9, 2007 School Nurses Honored at Blaine House
Marla Blake of Bowdoinham named School Nurse of the Year

April 26, 2007 DOE Releases List of High School Progress
Adequate Yearly Progress assessment shows areas

February 29, 2007 Governor Baldacci to Honor Teachers
18 Teachers Nominated for Maine Teacher of the Year

February 27, 2007 Gendron withdraws request for changes in student-teacher ratio
No teaching positions will be cut

February 9, 2007 Governor, Commissioner to tour County
Feb. 12 listening tour will focus on school restructuring plans

February 8, 2007 More Maine students taking AP courses, exams
Parallels emphasis on college-readiness

February 2, 2007 Education forum replaced with all-day tour
Governor, Commissioner to spend Monday Feb. 12 in Aroostook County

January 31, 2007 Governor and Education Commissioner to Host Live Webcast
Focus is on Local Schools, Regional Support Initiative

January 31, 2007 Baldacci joins PrepMe in announcing free online SAT prep course for all juniors

January 30, 2007 Gendron Proposes Repeal of Local Assessment System
Education Commissioner Responds to Recommendations of the “Fullan Report”

January 26, 2007 Bangor Education Forum Location Moved
Governor and Education Commissioner to present administrative restructuring proposal

January 22, 2007 Governor, education commissioner announce forums
Will present Local Schools, Regional Support Initiative and answer questions

January 8, 2007 Gendron details education plan savings
Local Schools, Regional Support Initiative streamlines central office administration

December 28, 2006 Statewide SAT test results support decision
Gendron commits to using the test long-term

December 20, 2006 Maine poised for NCLB assessment approval
Maine makes successful case for use of SAT for 11th grade assessment in place of MEA

October 13, 2006 Teacher of the Year
Harrington Teacher Named 2007 Maine Teacher of the Year

September 18, 2006 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Status of Maine Schools
Commissioner Susan A. Gendron Releases Report on the Status of Maine Elementary and Middle Schools in Meeting No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Requirements

August 29, 2006 Maine 2006 SAT Results for College-Bound Seniors Released by the College Board
PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and Advanced Placement Results Included in State Report

August 25, 2006 Consumer Alert - Apple iBook Battery Recall

August 14, 2006 Redesigned MEA Provides First, Baseline Results for all Students in Grades 3 through 8

August 1, 2006 Maine Requests Reconsideration of USDE Determination
Maine requests “Approval Pending” designation of its assessment system

June 30, 2006 Maine Responds to USDE Peer Review Determination
Maine expects “approval” of its assessment system

October 19, 2005 Maine's 4th Grade NAEP Mathematics Scores Continue to Rise; Reading Scores Among the Highest in the Nation
Subgroup comparisons show Maine making progress in No Child Left Behind objectives

October 17, 2005 Maine Educator Announced as the First Recipient of the Dr. Inabeth Miller Education Technology Award

September 22, 2005 Status of Maine Schools in Meeting No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Requirements
Commissioner Susan A. Gendron Releases Report on Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

August 30, 2005 State House Press Conference Highlights Free Program to Protect Children on the Internet
Internet Safety Program Will Help Protect Children from Online Victimization

April 4, 2005 Governor Outlines Proposed Adjustments to Learning Results

August 5, 2004 MEA Math Scores Move Higher for 2004 School Year
Release of the 2003-04 School Year Performance Results

May 12, 2004 Maine Education Leadership Consortium Announces Scholarships

July 23, 2003 Maine Education Leadership Consortium Announces Scholarships

January 23, 2003 New List of “Priority Schools” Released As Required By Federal No Child Left Behind Act
Twenty-four Maine “Priority Schools” identified as in “need of improvement”