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 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:  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:  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:  Chapter 125
            • Contact Person for Comments:  jaci.holmes@maine.gov.

              Chapter 126

               

              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