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 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
      • Effective Date of Rule:  May 12, 2022
      • Final Adoption of Rule:  Chapter 40 Language
      • Summary of Comments and Responses (PDF format) Summary of Comments and Responses 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
        • Effective Date of Rule:  June 10, 2022
        • Final Adoption of Rule: Chapter 60 Language
        • 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  
          • Effective Date of Rule:  June 10, 2022 
          • Final Adoption of Rule:  Chapter 61 Language
          • 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  
              • Effective Date of Rule:  June 10, 2022
              • Final Adoption of Rule:  Chapter 125 Language
              • Contact Person for Comments:  jaci.holmes@maine.gov.

              Chapter 132

              • Rule Title:  Learning Results:  Parameters for Essential Instruction
              • Filing Agency: This is a rule of the Maine Department of Education
              • Action:  Proposed Rulemaking
              • Note: Only on sections for Health Education, Physical Education, World Languages, and Visual and Performing Arts 
              • Notice:  October 27, 2021
              • Public Hearing:  November 22, 2021
              • Effective Date of Rule:  May 12, 2022
              • Final Adoption with all sections of Rule in one document:  Chapter 132 Language
              • Summary of Comments and Responses (PDF format) Summary of Comments and Responses Chapter 132 Sections 

               

                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

                Megan Welter
                Director of Policy and Government Affairs
                207-530-2006
                megan.welter@maine.gov


                 


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