Wednesday , 26 July 2017

Governor’s Commitment to Education Continues

From L to R: Gov. LePage, former Governor James Hunt, Jr. and former Governor Jeb Bush

CARY, North Carolina – On Sunday, April 29, Governor Paul LePage and Department of Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen travelled to Cary, North Carolina to attend the 2012 Governors Education Symposium, titled “Advance America – A Commitment to Education & the Economy.” The two-day conference, founded by James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, brings the nation’s governors together to engage in candid dialogue about critical challenges facing education.

This year’s symposium focuses on innovative approaches for ensuring competitiveness in the global economy, teacher effectiveness, improved assessments, and technology that will transform education for the digital age. A number of education policy experts and political leaders are taking part in the conference, including: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; former North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt, Jr.; Founder and Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush; former U.S. Secretary of Education and Senior Advisor for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Margaret Spellings; and Vicki Phillips, Ed.D., Director of Education and College Ready for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

When considering changes within education in the State of Maine, Governor LePage has been clear that “students must come first.” “Our youth reflects the future of our State,” Governor LePage says. “It’s not enough to hope that our students do well. In an ever changing and increasingly competitive global economy, we must strive to improve opportunities for both students and teachers. We must take a hard look at our education system and be willing to ensure that there is on-going support and training for our educators and multiple pathways to success by way of choice for our students.”

Education is a key priority of the LePage Administration. Last year, Governor LePage increased funding to general purpose aid for education by $63 million over the two-year budget. During the 125th Legislature, the Governor led the initiative to allow charter schools in Maine for the first time, giving more choices to Maine families. The Governor also introduced a series of reforms to improve Career and Technical Education in Maine, bringing it back to the forefront of education and Commissioner Stephen Bowen created comprehensive legislation addressing educator effectiveness, making sure Maine’s educators are evaluated regularly, given the training and support they need to improve, and are held accountable for student achievement and growth.

The Education Symposium will highlight the fact that technology will play a significant role in education for the digital age. As a leader who has addressed the challenges and opportunities associated with digital learning, Commissioner Bowen will speak at the Symposium about how education professionals can better use technology to provide new ways to offer students improved and personalized instruction.
“Technology is going to be key if we are going to realize Governor LePage’s vision of an educational system that meets the needs of all kids,” said Commissioner Bowen. “Online and distance learning options can provide students with additional opportunities to achieve and demonstrate proficiencies. Additionally, new computer-based assessment tools can provide educators with real-time information on student achievement, allowing teachers to adapt instructional practices to meet the needs of learners.”

The 2012 Governors Education Symposium is co-hosted by the Hunt Institute and the Foundation for Excellence in Education and sponsored by The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and State Farm Insurance Companies.

One comment

  1. This is very bad. These so-called policy experts and political leaders are all either liberals or neo-cons, with the sole focus of advancing the U.N.’s agenda of globalism and one world government. Our governor does not appear to be discerning enough to understand the company he keeps. Yes, we need to overhaul education, and computers and technology are great assets that should be utilized, but more government indoctrination of our kids is not the answer. Charter schools are also not the answer. For starters, they are unlawful as per Maine’s Constitution which states: “the Legislature are authorized, and it shall be their duty to require, the several TOWNS to make suitable provision, at their OWN expense, for the support and maintenance of public schools”. (Emphasis mine) We have to either amend the Maine Constitution or obey it, but stop ignoring it.

    It’s time to bring education back to the town level where WE THE PEOPLE have control over our property taxes and what is being spoon fed to our children. Or better yet, kick the government right out of the field of education, bring your children home, and raise them yourself through home-schooling. An alternative for families such as single parents that cannot easily home-school is a good private school that you can stay personally involved in. Vouchers are not the answer either. Better a tax credit on your property taxes where you don’t get taxed at all for not having children in public, government schools than a voucher or refund that comes with strings attached and tells you how to spend it. Really, all public, government schools should become private and be funded through tuition or charity donations and no tax dollars at all. That is the only way to have education that is not based on socialism or communism, and does not teach it to our children. Why should I pay for the education of my neighbor’s children when I don’t even have children attending because I home school? Why should my 80 year old aunt who’s never had children pay every year for the education of her neighbor’s children? Public, government education is the 10th Plank of the Communist Manifesto, and we have established all 10 in America today.

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