Thursday, December 7, 2017

Maine will participate in review of anti-bullying laws

AUGUSTA, Maine —
Officials with a pair of Maine state agencies say they will participate in a study to evaluate the effectiveness of anti-bullying laws.

The Maine Department of Education and the Maine Center for Disease Control are taking part in the study as part of a partnership with a group of universities. The education department says the study will review the efficacy and implementation of anti-bullying laws that have been in effect since 1999.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Maine CPS Harressing a Family Rights?

Former Kennebunk teacher denies sexually assaulting student



KENNEBUNK, Maine — A former Kennebunk High School teacher pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges she sexually assaulted a student.

Jill Lamontagne is accused of having sex with a student.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Portland, Maine's New Transgender Policy Tramples on Parental Rights

This week, the Portland, Maine School District adopted a comprehensive transgender policy for their students. But in an attempt to welcome and create a safe haven for all, the left-leaning city has ended up crafting an overreaching debacle that tramples upon parental rights.

On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, the Portland Board of Education unanimously approved a motion that requires all Portland, ME schools implement annual staff training on gender issues, “use a student’s preferred name and personal pronoun, and take the student’s side at school if there is disagreement with a parent’s wishes.”

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Forced to wait for help, or get none at all, Maine kids with disabilities risk starting school behind

The state system that provided services to Sophie, called Child Development Services, or CDS, represents Maine’s biggest push to intervene early in the lives of Maine children with disabilities and reduce their need for costly special education services when they reach school. Over the past three years, CDS has expanded its services for children with autism like Sophie. But the system has also fallen short of its legal obligations, according to interviews with school officials, experts and parents, and based on a review of program data.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

After 50 years, a Maine family is finally reunited



“I would look at people, and think, ‘Could that be my mother? Is that my father?’” said Samaroo, 50, who was adopted by John and Carolyn Giberson of Fort Fairfield as a newborn. “They could have been right under my nose … Turns out, in a way, they were.”

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Portland school officials craft transgender policy

The comprehensive guidelines – with input from students – will require staff training. A vote takes place Tuesday.  The Portland school board is poised to adopt one of the state’s most comprehensive transgender student policies, one that goes beyond the “bathroom issue” by requiring staff training, using a student’s preferred name and personal pronoun, and taking the student’s side at school if there is disagreement with a parent’s wishes.