Stories about Maine Department of Education

Supporters of Orono High School music teacher and orchestra director Waldo Caballero -- a popular instructor for the past 15 years -- protest his possible firing outside Orono Town Hall on Wednesday.

Popular Orono High School music teacher may be dismissed over test score

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 30, 2014, at 6:58 p.m.
Jacob Reynolds, 7, eats his strawberry cup, which was free as part of a summer lunch program, at Second Street Park in Bangor on Thursday.

No school shouldn’t mean no lunch

By Danielle Walczak, BDN Staff on July 08, 2014, at 4:15 p.m.
Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew

Power grab by DHHS oversteps the law, basic integrity

on June 14, 2014, at 7:30 a.m.
Jim Rier is commissioner of the Maine Department of Education.

School districts given option to slow implementation of proficiency-based diploma law

By Nell Gluckman on May 28, 2014, at 2:12 p.m.
Maine Department of Education Commissioner Jim Rier

Maine student scores drop on reading and math exams

By Nell Gluckman on March 24, 2014, at 1:44 p.m.
Sen. Brian Langley, R-Ellsworth,

Legislators back moratorium on Maine virtual charter schools

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 12, 2014, at 3:28 p.m.
Maine Senate President Justin Alfond, D-Portland.

Education advocates pan Maine’s decision not to seek $37 million in federal grants

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 01, 2013, at 5:27 p.m.
Maine Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen and Gov. Paul LePage in 2012.

Feds approve waiver of No Child Left Behind standards in Maine

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 12, 2013, at 2:30 p.m.
Sean Doughty, 13, of the Sacopee Valley Middle School in Hiram sits with his Apple laptop in 2012. Students will start using Hewlett Packard computers beginning in the fall of 2013.

State awards Hewlett Packard contract for school laptop program

By Judy Harrison on April 27, 2013, at 1:54 p.m.

State releases preliminary school funding amounts for next year

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 22, 2013, at 6:04 p.m.

Battle over Maine charter schools smoldering

By Robert Long on Jan. 07, 2013, at 4:52 p.m.
Rosalie Perkins, a pre-K teacher at the Woolwich Central School, talks about shapes and lines with students Garrett Craney (left) and Payson Bowling on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.

Maine schools get larger subsidies by adding pre-kindergarten classes

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 28, 2012, at 9:21 a.m.
Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen

Majority of Maine schools aren’t meeting No Child Left Behind standards, department says

By Christopher Cousins and Nick McCrea on Oct. 11, 2012, at 1:25 p.m.

4 Mainers named finalists for national award to recognize math, science teachers

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 08, 2012, at 4:05 p.m.
Robert Lucy

Former Orono principal ordered test answers changed, report says

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 18, 2012, at 7:45 p.m.

Maine literacy program being unveiled

The Associated Press on Sept. 11, 2012, at 6 a.m.
Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen

Maine education head presents plan to remake standards in No Child Left Behind

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 23, 2012, at 9:40 p.m.
Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen

Education officials seeking public input in advance of imminent federal waiver application

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 15, 2012, at 4:17 p.m.

Veazie, Glenburn groups send withdrawal proposals to Department of Education for approval

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 13, 2012, at 5:09 p.m.

State takes away $300,000 grant for Auburn schools after appeal filed

By Bonnie Washuk, Sun Journal on May 22, 2012, at 11:36 a.m.