Articles by Stephen Bowen


Why Maine’s educators and the rest of us should oppose Question 2

By Stephen Bowen on Oct. 26, 2016, at 1:25 p.m.
Luke Holm teaches an eighth-grade English language arts class at the College Connections Academy in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.

How Maine’s schools could save $38 million

By Stephen Bowen on March 17, 2015, at 2:15 p.m.

Stephen Bowen: Every student deserves a great education

By Stephen Bowen on May 12, 2013, at 11:48 a.m.

Political mailer makes inaccurate claims about charter schools

By Stephen Bowen on Nov. 04, 2012, at 9:57 a.m.

School choice lifts ‘tyranny of town line’

By Stephen Bowen on Feb. 14, 2012, at 5:37 p.m.

Top priorities for LePage

By Stephen Bowen on Jan. 03, 2011, at 7:45 p.m.
Former Waterville Mayor Paul LePage will become governor tomorrow, and bright and early Thursday morning, he will begin the hard work of turning around Maine’s ship of state. A prediction for …

Maine’s next top education official faces hard challenges

By Stephen Bowen on Dec. 20, 2010, at 6:31 p.m.
With inauguration day fast approaching, Gov.-elect Paul LePage and his team have been working around the clock to fill positions in his administration.

Wis. welfare reform a model for Maine

By Stephen Bowen on Dec. 06, 2010, at 6:31 p.m.
Gov.-elect Paul LePage and his team have a pile of work in front of them. A generation of Democratic rule has left the state burdened by high taxes, high health care and energy costs, and the …

A more efficient Legislature

By Stephen Bowen on Nov. 22, 2010, at 8:51 p.m.
With voters having given them complete control of the State House for the first time in almost 50 years, Republicans have the opportunity to remake much of state government. The Legislature would be …

Republicans, now is the time to lead

By Stephen Bowen on Nov. 08, 2010, at 6:38 p.m.
After more than 40 years in the wilderness, Maine’s Republicans have reached the Promised Land. They will, very shortly, take complete control of the state Legislature, and with Gov.-elect …

Ten questions for candidate Mitchell

By Stephen Bowen on Oct. 25, 2010, at 6:24 p.m.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Libby Mitchell has talked a great deal about her experience, but not quite as much about her actual record. I’ve looked at it, and I have a few questions for …

LePage has idea to transform education

By Stephen Bowen on Oct. 11, 2010, at 11:48 p.m.
Though jobs and the economy are doubtless weighing heavily on the minds of Maine voters this election season, transforming the state’s schools has emerged as a major issue in the race to become …
This artwork by M. Ryder relates to the Congressional debate over immigration and the recent marches against proposed legislation making undocumented aliens, and those who assist them, felons.

Maine’s welfare abuse a matter of policy

By Stephen Bowen on Sept. 27, 2010, at 8:52 p.m.
It is hard for me to believe, but it was nearly nine years ago that the first OpEd column I ever wrote appeared in the Bangor Daily News. A lot has changed since then. My oldest daughter, then 2, …