Proposed Rules & Rule Changes

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) is charged with adopting education rules to implement laws passed by the Maine Legislature. There are two types of rules – routine technical and major substantive. The Maine DOE sends all provisionally adopted rules to the Legislature for final adoption.

The Maine DOE’s rulemaking process infographic is available here.

The Maine DOE adopts all rules in accordance with the Maine Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 MRSA chapter 375, subchapters 2 and 2-A.  APA requires public and legislative notice of rulemaking and the submission of all major substantive rules to the Legislature for review and approval. All proposed Maine DOE and State Board of Education rule chapters are included below and have been filed with the Secretary of State’s Office.

For general questions, please email Maine DOE’s rulemaking liaison, Jaci Holmes at jaci.holmes@maine.gov. Specific Maine DOE staff members will be noted below for each proposed rule. Comments may be emailed with an electronic Word document attached.

 

      Chapter 33

      • Rule Title:  Rule Governing Physical Restraint and Seclusion
      • Filing Agency: This is a rule of the Maine Department of Education
      • Action:  Proposed Rulemaking
      • Note:  Targeted Rulemaking for only the Provisions on the Fact Sheet  
      • Notice:  October 27, 2021
      • Public Hearing:  November 22, 2021
      • Comment Deadline:  December 3, 2021
      • Proposed Language of Rule:  Chapter 33
      • To submit public comments regarding proposed Chapter 33 Rule change language, please use this form or, If you prefer to not use the webform, you may send your comments via email to: w.bear.shea@maine.gov.Please use the subject line: "Chapter 33 public comment"

        Chapter 40

        • Rule Title:  Rule for Medication Administration in Maine Schools 
        • Filing Agency: This is a rule of the Maine Department of Education
        • Action:  Proposed Rulemaking
        • Notice:  October 27, 2021
        • Public Hearing:  November 22, 2021
        • Comment Deadline:  December 3, 2021
        • Proposed Language of Rule:  Provisional Adoption Chapter 40

          Chapter 60

          • Rule Title:  New School Siting Approval
          • Filing Agency: This is a rule of the State Board of Education
          • Action:  Proposed Rulemaking
          • Note:  Targeted Rulemaking for only the Provisions on the Fact Sheet  
          • Notice:
          • Comment Deadline:  October 19, 2021
          • Proposed Language of Rule:  Provisional Adoption Chapter 60
          • Contact Person for Comments:  jaci.holmes@maine.gov.

            Chapter 61

            • Rule Title:  State Board of Education Rules for Major Capital School Construction Projects
            • Filing Agency: This is a rule of the State Board of Education
            • Action:  Proposed Rulemaking
            • Note:  Targeted Rulemaking for only the Provisions on the Fact Sheet  
            • Notice: 
            • Comment Deadline:  October 29, 2021
            • Proposed Language of Rule:  Provisional Adoption Chapter 61
            • Contact Person for Comments:  jaci.holmes@maine.gov.

              Chapter 115

                Chapter 125

                • Rule Title: Basic School Approval Standards: Public Schools and School Administrative Units
                • Filing Agency: This is a joint rule of the Maine Department of Education and the State Board of Education
                • Action: Proposed Rulemaking
                • Note:  Targeted Rulemaking for only the Provisions on the Fact Sheet  
                • Notice: 
                • Comment Deadline:  October 29, 2021
                • Proposed Language of Rule:  Provisional Adoption Chapter 125
                • Contact Person for Comments:  jaci.holmes@maine.gov.

                  Chapter 126

                  Chapter 132

                   

                    View all Maine DOE rule chapters on the Secretary of State's website.

                    Regulatory Agenda

                    The Regulatory Agenda describes all of the Maine Department of Education's possible rulemaking activity for the time period of July 2021 - August 2022.  This listing of the Regulatory Agenda is prepared to comply with the Maine Administrative Procedures Act.  

                     

                    CONTACT

                    Chelsey Fortin-Trimble
                    Director of Policy and Government Affairs
                    207-816-0066
                    chelsey.a.fortin@maine.gov


                     


                    Jaci Holmes
                    Federal and State Legislative Liaison
                    207-215-3003
                    207-831-3168
                    jaci.holmes@maine.gov