LePage discusses school reforms in radio address

Posted March 18, 2012, at 3:45 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage says Maine’s 21 percent rate of students who fail to get their high school diplomas is better than the national 25 percent rate. But in his weekly radio address, LePage says that’s still not good enough.

The governor says more needs to be done to encourage students to succeed. And that’s what his education reforms try to do.

They encourage more choice in what schools students attend, expansion of career and technical education, open public funding to all state-certified schools and better teacher evaluation.

In the Democratic response, Sen. Dawn Hill of York says LePage has thrown too much at the Legislature at the 11th hour.

Hill says that includes a supplemental budget full of policy changes and requests to spend money that’s not there.