The No Child Left Behind Act has been in place for nearly a decade.Now Maine, and other states across the country are looking to change some of the provisions of the legistlation.The federal government is now offering states a chance to change up the requirements of the act to better suit their school system.Included in the flexibility request, the state would have to address how they plan to recognize, account, and support the school system.A forum held Thursday by the Maine Department of Education gave the community an opportunity to speak out.Many teachers in the audience agreed with the idea of a growth model, which would track the same kid over time to determine their level of acheivement.While standardized testing would still be a requirement, it may not hold as much weight in determining a schools performance level.For more information, or to add your input, you can head over to the Maine Department of Education’s website at maine.gov/edu
A Canadian man is facing two wrongful death lawsuits for a car accident that killed two women in September.Brenda Sampson of Bangor filed a lawsuit against 44-year-old Hugh Fraser of Halifax, Nova Scotia.A separate lawsuit was filed last month by Melinda Salisbury of Otis.Sampson’s sister and Salisbury’s mother were killed when the minivan they were in crashed head-on into Fraser’s car on Route 9 in Eddington.They claim fraser fell asleep at the wheel.
An organization at the University of Maine is making a bold statement to raise money.Members of the university chapter of the Bangor Area Habitat for Humanity are camping out for two nights in a makeshift shelter with no heat.They’ll be collecting donations from the campus community.They hope to raise awareness about substandard housing in the area.A problem they say goes un-noticed.” It’s really more of a hidden problem.
A local school district is trying to find the right formula for solving a big budget problem.The solution could mean fewer jobs and higher taxes.For nearly three years, the employees of RSU 26 have been walking a fine line, trying to balance their job in the classroom with a limited budget outside of their control.”It’s a financial cliff that we’ve been aware of.
Business leaders and educators are looking to bridge the gap between the classroom and the working world.A conference in Hermon took a closer look at what schools are teaching, in comparison to what businesses really need.Key business leaders and education policy makers talked about building a workforce that meets the needs of our region.Thursday’s event was hosted by Mobilize Eastern Maine.
A Hermon man who lost control in the snowy conditions Thursday morning faces several charges.The Penobscot County Sheriff’s department says 21-year-old Steven Proctor rolled his pick-up truck into a ditch along the New Boston Road in Hermon around 8:00 AM.Officers arrived on scene to find the truck on its side in more than two feet of water, but no driver.
Unemployed workers gathered in Bangor Thursday to make a plea.It’s not for work, it’s for an extension on their extended unemployment insurance benefits.They say finding work is nearly impossible and say this is the only way they are making ends meet.Come December 31st, times are expected to get even tougher, they say, when extended unemployment insurance benefits will expire.They say it’s not about getting their checks.
Skowhegan Police Chief Michael Emmons says a head-on collision in Skowhegan Thursday morning has left a Canaan woman dead.Emmons says the accident happened around 10:00 this morning on Route 2 in Skowhegan.Police say an SUV driven by 66-year-old John Patterson of Skowhegan crossed the center line and hit a car driven by 59-year-old Dawn Poplawski.