Proposed Rules & Rule Changes

As a state agency, the Maine Department of Education is charged with adopting rules to implement laws passed by the Maine Legislature. This page lists the rule chapters to which the Department is proposing changes and the rule chapters the Department is proposing for the first time.

This page also contains rule changes proposed by the State Board of Education. All proposed rules and rule changes below have been filed by the Maine DOE unless otherwise specified.

The Department adopts all rules in accordance with Maine's Administrative Procedure Act, which requires public and legislative notice of rulemaking and the submission of all major substantive rules to the Legislature for review and approval.

Note: A provisionally adopted rule is the version of the rule the Maine DOE sends to the Legislature for final adoption. A provisionally adopted rule has gone through a process that offers the public an opportunity to comment.

Chapter 81

  • Rule Title: Uniform School Bus Standards for Pupil Transportation in Maine
    • TITLE CHANGE TO:  School Transportation Safety
  • Filing Agency: This is a rule of the Department of Education.
  • Action Proposed: Repeal and Replace
  • NoticeSeptember 18, 2017
  • Effective Date: September 16, 2017
  • Rule LanguageFinal Language  

Chapter 82

  • Rule Title: School Bus Driver Fitness Determination
  • Filing Agency: This is a rule of the Department of Education.
  • Action Proposed: New Rule
  • NoticeSeptember 18, 2017
  • Effective Date: September 16, 2017
  • Rule LanguageFinal Language  

Chapter 83

  • Rule Title: School Transportation Operations Program
  • Filing Agency: This is a rule of the Department of Education.
  • Action Proposed: New Rule
  • NoticeSeptember 18, 2017
  • Effective Date: September 16, 2017
  • Rule LanguageFinal Language  

Chapter 84

  • Rule Title: School Bus Refurbishment Program
  • Filing Agency: This is a rule of the Department of Education.
  • Action Proposed: New Rule
  • NoticeSeptember 18, 2017
  • Effective Date: September 16, 2017
  • Rule LanguageFinal Language  

Chapter 85

  • Rule Title: School Bus Purchase Program
  • Filing Agency: This is a rule of the Department of Education.
  • Action Proposed: New Rule
  • NoticeSeptember 18, 2017
  • Effective Date: September 16, 2017
  • Rule LanguageFinal Language  

Chapter 86

  • Rule Title: Maine Uniform School Bus Specifications
  • Filing Agency: This is a rule of the Department of Education.
  • Action Proposed: New Rule
  • NoticeSeptember 18, 2017
  • Effective Date: September 16, 2017
  • Rule LanguageFinal Language  

Chapter 101

  • Rule Title: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty
  • Filing Agency: Department of Education
  • Action Proposed: Rule Revision
  • Notice: August 30, 2017
  • Effective Date: August 25, 2017
  • Rule Language: Final Language

Chapter 115

Chapter 118

  • Rule Title: Purposes, Standards and Procedures for Educational Personnel Support Systems
  • Filing Agency: This is a rule of the State Board of Education.
  • Action Proposed: Repeal since underlying statute is being repealed.
  • Notice: November 28, 2017
  • Comment Deadline: December 18, 2017
  • Current Rule Language: Sec of State’s Rulemaking website

Chapter 126 / 261

  • Rule Title: Immunization Requirements for School Children
  • Filing Agency: This is a joint rule of the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Action Proposed: Rule Revision
  • Notice: April 5, 2017
  • Public Hearing:  April 25, 2017
  • Comment Deadline: May 5, 2017
  • Rule Language: Provisional Adoption

Chapter 134

  • Rule Title: Regulations for Awarding a High School Diploma
  • Filing Agency: This is a rule of the Department of Education.
  • Action Proposed: New Rule
  • Notice: July 18, 2017
  • Public Hearing:  August 14, 2017
  • Comment Deadline: September 8, 2017
  • Rule Language: Proposed Changes

Chapter 180

  • Rule Title: Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth Systems
  • Filing Agency: This is a rule of the Department of Education.
  • Action Proposed: Revise
  • Notice: November 28, 2017
  • Public Hearing: December 27, 2017
  • Comment Deadline: January 18, 2017
  • Rule Language: Proposed

View all Maine DOE rule chapters on the Secretary of State's website.