Comments for: Maine residents revolting against rising education costs as enrollment shrinks

Posted Jan. 18, 2013, at 4:40 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 23, 2013, at 2:13 p.m.

BANGOR | The increasing cost of Maine’s public schools, paired with dropping student numbers, raises the question of whether the state’s education system is sustainable. From 2005 through 2012, per-pupil spending on education in Maine has gone from $9,356 to $11,063. During that same approximate time period, Maine has …


A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the property tax assessment for towns within School Administrative District 17 has risen 17 percent in the past two years. According to Superintendent Richard Colpitts, the rise in the local tax assessment was 6 percent in this fiscal year and would be 11 percent next year if the district’s revenue picture, including proposed state subsidies for education, remains the same.

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