As a result of the passage of the biennial budget and the end of the 128th Legislative Session new opportunities are available to provide support for regional efforts that will improve opportunitiy and access for Maine students by economizing on and maximizing educational services.

The Fund for Efficient Delivery of Educational Services (FEDES), as established by 20-A M.R.S. Chapter 114-A, and in accordance to Department of Education Rule Chapter 122, was created to assist in financing the cost of local and regional initiatives to improve educational opportunity and student achievement through more efficient delivery of educational programs and services. The Legislature has provided $10 million for the Fund; $5 million in 2017-18, and $5 million in 2018-19.

20-A M.R.S Chapter 123 was enacted as a set of provisions specifically for the development of regional service centers.