Maine’s future economic success depends on having a well-skilled workforce able to tackle the challenges of the twenty-first century – and the means of developing that workforce is through the education of our children. Research indicates that investment in education is not only one of the best economic decisions a state can make, but that the earlier we direct resources at students, the more impact it has on … Read the rest
Demystifying Maine’s school funding formula to show how Question 2 will move our students to the head of the class
Question 2 on this November’s ballot increases revenue for education by $159 million a year. The state would distribute revenue raised through the existing state funding formula, and state funding would reach 55 percent of statewide education costs, a funding benchmark Maine voters mandated in 2004. Fully 94 percent of Maine students live in districts likely to receive increased state funding if Question 2 passes. Question 2 would … Read the rest
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) released a report today that details a roadmap for stronger state economies. Central to the CBPP proven prescriptions for economic growth are strengthening education and infrastructure systems. To pay for these priorities, CBPP recommends policy corrections to reduce unnecessary spending and increase revenue from high income individuals and corporations.
Since the recession, budget cuts to the education system at every level have … Read the rest
Maine cuts to school funding since the start of the recession are among the largest in the nation, and the deepest in New England, according to a new study released today. The report by the non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), Most States Still Funding Schools Less than before the Recession, found that Maine has cut investment in K-12 education by 13.3 percent since 2008, a … Read the rest
This week we celebrate National School Breakfast Week. The breakfast program began as a pilot program in 1966. Now, in the wake of the Great Recession, 11.6 million US children eat school breakfast each weekday morning. Most Maine schools offer breakfast. However, only 53% of eligible Maine children are eating it. Community Eligibility, a new federal program, makes it easier for schools to serve breakfast by reducing paperwork and … Read the rest
These are women who are working, but still do not earn enough to meet their families’ needs. Maine’s economic policies are failing these low-income, female-headed households.
The report, “Low-Income Working Mothers and State Policy: Investing for a Better Economic Future,” lays out policies … Read the rest
Thirty-six percent of the building stock at the University of Maine is 50 or more years old. Dwight Eisenhower was president when the state built most of the lab space. Classrooms and laboratories at the seven university … Read the rest
Robert Reich is short, four feet, eleven inches to be precise. I mention his height because the former labor secretary and current professor at the University of California Berkeley makes it an integral part of the presentation in his thought provoking new documentary, Inequality for All, currently showing at Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville.
When Reich speaks about the ever-widening income gap in America between the uber-rich … Read the rest
Mainers without a high school diploma do not fare well in the economy. They are stuck in low-paying jobs with little opportunity for advancement. For many working adults, the first step in climbing out of a low-wage job is to obtain a high school equivalency diploma. But that possibility just got harder.
Nearly one in four Maine adults have started college, but never earned their degree. According to the Working Poor Families Project, Maine has one of the highest rates in New England of adults with incomplete credentials. By not obtaining a degree or certificate, these adults significantly reduce their earning potential over a lifetime.