AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Legislature wants to know what residents think about the system to fund Maine’s public schools. As part of its comprehensive evaluation of the Essential Programs and Services school funding system, there will be four public stakeholder forums throughout the state on July 16, 17 and 18. All interested parties, including educators, parents, taxpayers, and interested citizens, are encouraged to attend one of the forums.
Topics to be covered will include, but will not be 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; and teacher compensation.
The forums, which will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., will be at the following locations:
- Tuesday, July 16, at Presque Isle High School Auditorium, 16 Griffin St.
- Wednesday, July 17, at W.G. Mallett School, Room 103, 116 Middle St., Farmington.
- Wednesday, July 17, Bangor High School Lecture Hall, 885 Broadway.
- Thursday July 18, at Casco Bay High School, second floor, 196 Allen Ave., Portland.
The Legislature has contracted with Lawrence O. Picus and Associates to conduct the EPS evaluation, and representatives of that firm will attend all of the stakeholder forums. Information on the study as well as copies of their initial report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs are available on the Legislature’s website at: http://www.maine.gov/legis/opla/EPSfundingmaterials.htm, or at www.lpicus.com.