WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Dealing with a federal standard that many say is unfeasible, Maine's Department of Education will be taking suggestions for changes from the public.
The changes are sparked by a federal initiative to deal with a national education policy that can be rigid and inflexible. The feds are granting waivers and suggesting changes to the states.
The current policy requires that all schools reach one specific goal within the same timeline. Stephen Bowen, the head of Maine's Department of Education, is interested in changing that to a custom goal and individualized timeline for each school.
Bowen says customizing the program will not only make it more realistic for schools to achieve their goals individually, but it will allow the state to custom tailor their support system for each school.
There is a public meeting Tuesday night at the Westbrook Middle School. That runs from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.
There's a meeting for people in Eastern Maine in Brewer at the Community School on Thursday. That also runs from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.