The Maine State Board of Education acts in an advisory capacity to the Commissioner of Education in matters concerning state education laws and makes education policy recommendations to the legislative and executive branches of state government.
The Board's responsibilities under Maine law also include: overseeing approval of school construction projects for receipt of state funds; administering federal funds awarded to Maine for career and technical education; establishing standards for teacher certification; approving educator preparation programs; and recommending institutions of higher education for degree-granting authority.
While the State Board receives some staff support from the Maine Department of Education, it is an independent body.
Announcements & Initiatives
- Education Preparation Program Rules Up for Revision. A specially appointed task force has recommended revisions to Maine Department of Education Rule Chapter 114, which governs the standards for approval of Maine's public and private educator preparation programs.
- Strategic Plan (PDF, 83KB). The Maine State Board of Education approved a revised strategic plan on November 4, 2020, that articulates the Board's guiding principles, values and goals for 2016 to 2021.
Mission & Vision
The Maine State Board of Education has adopted the following statements to articulate its mission and vision.
Mission Statement: The Mission of the State Board is to provide policy leadership that promotes a Maine public school system whose graduates will meet current and future learning standards, and to make recommendations to the Executive and Legislative Branches of Government that will further this mission.
Vision Statement: The Vision of the State Board is to ensure Maine public school students graduate with the skills, knowledge, and principles to be responsible American citizens; self-directed and dedicated to making contributions to society by pursuing further education and employment.
Membership & Organization
The Maine State Board of Education consists of nine members appointed by the Governor along with two nonvoting student members appointed by the Governor.
The Board is organized into four committees that conduct various aspects of the Board's business.
The Maine State Board of Education generally meets monthly at the Cross State Office Building in Augusta.