AUGUSTA, Maine — A legislative committee has endorsed a bill that would bar Maine school districts from expelling students without giving them a timeline or plan for returning to class.
Sen. Justin Alfond says Maine is one of the few states where students can be expelled without an option for getting back in school.
The Portland Democrat tells MaineToday Media that getting expelled students back into school is one piece of Maine’s dropout prevention effort.
The proposal is part of an effort to reach a legislative goal of increasing the state’s four-year high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2016. The rate is now about 82 percent.
Under current standards, the 100 to 150 Maine students expelled annually do not have a right to any public educational services.