(NEWS CENTER) -- Governor Paul LePage and Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen unveiled the administration's plan to improve student performance in Maine's schools.
Announcement of the plan was triggered by a Harvard study released last week that showed Maine was near the bottom of the 41 states in the study, when it came to improving test scores in math, science and reading among fourth and eighth graders.
Also, in the wake of the Colorado movie theater massacre, members of Congress float another bill that would revive at least part of 1994's "assault weapons ban", which expired in 2004. The new proposed bill would make illegal the large magazine clips that can hold up to 100 rounds. But even its supporters say they're fighting an uphill battle.
We talk with NEWS CENTER political analysts Phil Harriman and Ethan Strimling about both issues.