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County candidate forum on public education

Posted Sept. 01, 2014, at 10:09 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Caribou High School Performing Arts Center, 308 Sweden St., Caribou

CARIBOU, Maine — A legislative candidates’ forum focused on K-12 education will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at Caribou High School Performing Arts Center, bringing together those running for the Maine House and Senate in Aroostook County and the school boards and superintendents from the districts they serve.

It is being co-sponsored by the Maine School Boards Association and Maine School Superintendents Association and is one of nine such forums being held across the state in September.

Maine School Management Association, the umbrella organization for MSBA and MSSA, is coordinating the forums and has prepared position papers reflecting the two organizations’ stand on key issues affecting public schools.

Candidates will be briefed on those issues and asked to give their views on public education.

The forum will cover the need for adequate school funding, including help for economically disadvantaged students; expanding pre-kindergarten programs; implementing teacher evaluations; protecting the school board’s legal right to adopt educational policy; and the future of charter schools.

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