Maine Democrats unveil school evaluation system

12:29 PM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are proposing their own plan to evaluate Maine's public schools.

The plan unveiled Wednesday, still being developed, will be an alternative to Republican Gov. Paul LePage's A-through-F system revealed last week that was criticized as overly simplistic and biased against poorer school districts.

The Democratic co-chairs of the Legislature's Education Committee, Sen. Rebecca Millett of Cape Elizabeth and Rep. Bruce MacDonald of Boothbay, are proposing a bill with at least a dozen criteria for evaluating schools based on student progress and local improvement measures.

A spokeswoman for LePage says the Democrats get an "I'' for incomplete, for not doing their homework and showing up late with a plan.

Meanwhile, Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen says the state will soon offer help to all schools that got Ds and Fs.

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