Monday, March 10, 2014
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L.D. 843, "An Act To Promote the Financial Literacy of High School Students": requires each student to study and become proficient in personal finance and takes effect beginning with the 2014-2015 school year and requires all secondary schools to include the personal finance course as part of the mathematics instruction required to obtain a high school diploma.
L.D. 963, "An Act To Expand Access to Early Postsecondary Education": creates a permanent Commission on Expanding Early Postsecondary Access for High School Students; clarifies that adult education students, home-school students and students from private schools are eligible for state subsidy for postsecondary courses; requires high schools to grant academic credit for postsecondary courses; requires postsecondary institutions to provide information to students on the transferability of academic credit between postsecondary institutions; requires the Department of Education to pay 50 percent of tuition for up to 12 credit hours in an academic year; adds instructors of postsecondary education courses that are offered in secondary schools to the list of personnel that are subject to the fingerprinting and background check requirements; and requires career and technical education centers to serve as sites for the administration of assessment tests to determine college-level academic skills.
L.D. 1055, "An Act To Create a Maine Financial Education Portal": expands the financial literacy program operated by the Commissioner of Education to require the development and maintenance of a publicly accessible website that serves as a portal to program information on financial literacy resources and services statewide.
L.D. 1083, "Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Develop a Process To Provide Alternative Pathways To Learning for Certain High School Students": directs the commissioner of Education to review the issues presented when secondary school students, after repeated school interventions and individualized, targeted efforts, continue to be habitually disruptive in the classroom who, because of the students' recurring discipline issues, might benefit from exemption from the laws governing compulsory school attendance and identify potential options for alternative pathways to successful learning for such students.
L.D. 1131, "An Act To Improve Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers and Other Public School Employees": adds $4 million to support up to 50 percent of the cost of up to an additional 10 days annually of professional development for teachers and other education professionals.
L.D. 1132, "An Act To Achieve Economic Growth by Enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education and To Meet Workforce Needs": adds $500,000 to provide funding for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Council to establish the office of executive director to provide leadership and management expertise.
L.D. 1143, "An Act To Develop Young Readers": requires the commissioner of Education to establish a program to encourage the early exposure of infants and children in the State to books and reading; directs the commissioner to coordinate any other agency of government, individual, group, foundation or corporation that has established a program to encourage early reading; authorizes the acceptance of any funds for these purposes; and requires school units that offer kindergarten programs provide full-day kindergarten programs.
L.D. 1322, "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Withdrawal of a Municipality from a Regional School Unit": emergency bill, provides for a process of final offer arbitration as a means to resolving a dispute between a withdrawal committee and the directors of the regional school unit board regarding an agreement for withdrawal from a regional school unit for a municipality that seeks to withdraw; eliminates that requirement that the total number of votes cast for and against the withdrawal agreement must equal or exceed 50 percent of the municipal votes cast for a candidate for governor in the last gubernatorial election; and removes changes that would have reinstated the 2/3 vote requirement for approving a withdrawal agreement on Jan. 1, 2015.