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Forums scheduled on EPS school funding system

Posted July 17, 2013, at 6:47 a.m.

The Maine Legislature has contracted with Lawrence O. Picus and Associates to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the EPS school funding system.

As part of that, Picus will be putting on four public stakeholder forums throughout the state on July 16, 17 and 18. All interested parties – educators, parents, taxpayers and interested citizens – are encouraged to attend one of the forums.

The forums will seek input on any topic related to the operation of the EPS funding system including but not limited to:

– The specific resources included (or that should be included) in the EPS funding system to determine how much revenue each school district receives

– The way revenues are raised and distributed to school districts in Maine and the equity of the funding system

– The relative state/local share of school costs and the overall level of education spending in Maine

– Teacher compensation

The information provided at the forums will help Lawrence O. Picus and Associates develop its final recommendations to the Legislature. For more information about specific forums, contact Lawrence O. Picus at lpicus@lpicus.com.

For more information on the study as well as copies of Picus’ initial report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, visit the Legislature’s website at http://www.maine.gov/legis/opla/EPSfundingmaterials.htm or www.lpicus.com.

The forums will be held in the following locations from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.:

Tuesday, July 16 – Presque Isle

Presque Isle High School Auditorium, 16 Griffin Street

Wednesday, July 17 – Farmington & Bangor

W.G. Mallett School – Room 103, 116 Middle St., Farmington

Bangor High School – Lecture Hall, 885 Broadway, Bangor

Thursday, July 18 – Portland

Casco Bay High School – 2nd floor, 196 Allen Ave.

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