Education Forum #1 

The first of three public forums set to discuss Governor Baldacci’s education consolidation plan was held in Brewer Wednesday night. The forum was organized by Senator Richard Rosen of Bucksport, as a way to gather public opinion for the legislature.

Governor Baldacci wants to consolidate the state’s school districts into 26 regional centers. The plan would do away with scores of superintendents, among other measures.

The governor says Maine will save 76-million dollars by 2008, if the plan passes, and that would provide some relief for people who pay property taxes.

Critics claim the proposal could harm the education system.

The governor’s plan would also wipe out school boards, which, critics are quick to note, may effectively cut off the public’s input into their schools.