Commission to Reform Public Education Funding and Improve Student Performance in Maine (Blue Ribbon Commission)

The Commission to Reform Public Education Funding and Improve Student Performance in Maine was created during the 127th Maine State Legislature. This is part of PUBLIC Law, Chapter 389, LD 1641 that added an additional $15 million in education funding for local schools. The Commission is tasked with examining increasing costs throughout the public education system in Maine and to recommend action to reform public education funding and to improve student performance in the state.

Press Release published Aug. 12, 2016: Governor LePage and Deputy Commissioner Beardsley tap Dr. Robert Hasson to join Blue Ribbon Commission as chair

Letters regarding appointment of Dr. Robert Hasson as chair (PDF, 1MB)

January 10th letter to Governor LePage and Members of the Joint Standing Committee on Education & Cultural Affairs (PDF)

 

Commission Members

  • Dr. Robert Hasson, Maine Department of Education, chair
  • Dr. William Beardsley, Maine Department of Education Deputy Commissioner
  • Senator Garrett P. Mason (R) of Senate District 17 is the Senate Majority Leader
  • Senator Justin L. Alfond (D) of Senate District 8 is the Senate Minority Leader
  • Representative Sara Gideon (D) of House District 106 is the Assistant Majority Leader
  • Representative Kenneth W. Fredette (R) of House District 25 is the House Minority Leader
  • Jana F. LaPoint, a member of the State Board of Education
  • Tayla Edlund, the 2016 Maine Teacher of the Year
  • J. Michael Wilhelm, a member of the Maine Charter School
  • Robert T. Callahan, director of the Lewiston Regional Technical Center
  • Douglas Larlee, an educator of 40 years
  • Joshua Reny, the assistant city manager of South Portland
  • Richard P. Colpitts, Superintendent of Schools for SAD 17
  • James H. Page, Chancellor of the University of Maine System
  • Derek P. Langhauser, President of the Maine Community College System

List of commission members with contact information (PDF, 191KB)

Per LD 1641, the Commission will submit a report to the Governor and the legislature’s Joint Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Monday, August 29 in Wells at the York County Community College (in the mid-café) 
  • Monday, September 26 at 9 a.m. in South Paris at RSU #17 Central Office, located at 232 Main Street (directly across from the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School) *Updated*
  • Monday, October 17 in Lewiston at the Lewiston Regional Technical Center
  • Monday, October 31 at 9 a.m. at the MMG Center for Professional Development at UMPI; alternate location for members who are unable to make it to UMPI is Room 500 of the Department of Education building, where a video conference will be set up.
  • Monday, November 28, 9 AM, Room 103 of the Cross Building, 111 Sewall Street, Augusta
  • Monday, December 12, Augusta Armory, 9 AM, 179 Western Avenue, Augusta ( CANCELLED)
  • Monday , December 19, 9 AM, Room 103 of the Cross Building, 111 Sewall Street, Augusta (CANCELLED)
  • Monday, January 23, 9AM, Room 103A&B of the Cross Building, 111 Sewall Street, Augusta

Meeting Materials

Jan. 23, 2017

 

Nov. 28, 2016

Oct. 31, 2016

Oct. 17, 2016

Sept. 26, 2016

Aug. 29, 2016

April 25, 2016

Public comments to commission members are welcome by filling out the form here.