AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage says more than 13,000 Maine students graduated from high school this spring, and nearly two-thirds of them are moving on to a public university or community college.
But LePage says in his weekly radio address that he’s concerned that a quarter of the students who went on to a university in Maine required a remedial course. He says this points to a need for education reforms, such as charter schools and opportunities to enroll full-time in career and technical education courses at vocational schools. He has signed legislation to enhance science, math and technical education.
In the Democratic response, Rep. Emily Cain of Orono says the $6.1 billion state budget that passed Thursday was viewed as extreme by her party when it was first introduced. Cain says it was modified with Democrats’ input.