Portland Mayor Michael Brennan is publicly opposing the Baxter Academy for Technology and Science. In front of the Maine Charter School Commission, which is currently considering applications from potential charter school operators around the state, Brennan testified that "the Baxter Academy does not appear to offer anything new or different to Portland students.
Well, that's a relief. Portland Public Schools **don't serve pink slime**! (I wrote about some of the good things they do serve in this piece last year.)
Here's this, from a district release (via the "Seth and the City" BDN blog):
Unlike most other school districts in the country, Portland does not purchase ground beef from the U.
The legislation I mentioned in last week's story about girls and the trades, LD 1865, An Act to Enhance Career and Technical Education, was the first of four education-related bills to be heard in Augusta this week. The bill, which aims to make it easier for students to take CTE courses, is the least controversial prong of Governor Paul LePage's education agenda; the education committee and most legislators support improvements to vocational education -- especially those that don't cost anything.
Where do these two stories dovetail?
The first is about education financing problems in Pennsylvania, where schools that rely heavily on state aid are in danger of closing (one district can't afford to pay its teachers) while charter schools flourish (or at least don't face the same magnitude of cuts because they get funding from other sources).
The Baxter Academy for Technology and Science, a not-yet-extant charter high school that hopes to be located in the old Media Power building across from Portland Pie on York Street, announced a huge deal this week with Google to provide Chromebook laptops for each incoming freshman and sophomore during its 2012-13 (proposed) inaugural year.
Artist, activist, and all-around great person Katie Diamond and Michael Tobin, co-owner and artistic director of the Old Port Playhouse, both recorded messages for our local It Gets Better Project.
Watch them by clicking on the thumbnails below!
(Sorry that you can hear me say "Go" at the beginning of Katie's.
We were inspired by the It Gets Better Project and the Make It Better Project to record our own videos of Mainers offering encouraging messages to young people everywhere. We'll be uploading them over the next few weeks at the Portland Phoenix's YouTube site, as well as the IGB site. The first one is up now; its message is inspiring and moving.
Yep, going to UMaine (or any of its campuses) is going to cost even more next year:
Heading to Orono? Up 5.5 percent to $10,142.
UMaine-Machias? Up 5 percent to $7,110.
And in between.
Those are still cheaper than any other state school in New England. But when you're slashing programs and not cutting administrators, charging students more for less is pretty crappy. Perhaps it's worth paying more at those other places...
Just read Jeff's post, and I have some things to add/say. I think Jeff is right that gay-marriage opponents "are attempting to use education as a fear-motivated wedge issue in what is a civil rights issue."
But I disagree that the anti-marriage
"campaign's claim that 'gay marriage will be taught in Maine schools' is
With several disturbing domestic violence stories in Maine's newspapers over the past few weeks, this Village Voice article about how young people perceive the Rhianna-Chris Brown incident is worth a read.
In the article, author Raquel Cepeda offers a thought-provoking quote from Elizabeth Mendez Berry, a New York City–based journalist who wrote "Love Hurts," about DV in the hip-hop community: "I think women are often socialized to empathize more with men than with other women," Mendez Berry says, referring to women's tendency to at least partially blame Rhianna's alleged infidelity for the violent incident.