Sunday, April 23, 2017

South Portland Police Department's Babysitting Program

Under the Key Program, police officers will check on houses during prom season as a way to cut down on underage drinking parties.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Report: Maine schools restrain, seclude students 13,000 times per year

I am not at all impressed with this.  Nor do I think this article does justice to the issue because until you see a kid in a total meltdown with two big school staff holding them down on the ground, you'll probably won't understand how bad it actually is.
A new report finds that students in Maine are restrained and secluded within their schools approximately 13,000 times per year. Educational advocates want to see reforms at the state level to bring those numbers down. 
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One more thing.  They only like to do this to the little special needs kids.

The big ones will kick their asses.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Maine should clarify when it tells parents about day care investigations, watchdog says

The report by the state's watchdog agency is part of ongoing scrutiny of the Department of Health and Human Services' licensing and inspection of child care facilities.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Bill Would Give Parents Money for Home Schooling, Tuition

Legislators will consider a bill to give parents state money they can use for their children's education outside of the public school system.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

LePage administration paid $315K for a consultant to rethink child care, then did nothing

Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services has paid $315,000 over the past few years to an outside consulting firm to help the state overhaul and simplify the way it handles state-funded child care assistance for lower-income, working parents.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Maine DHHS is failing the children it is supposed to protect

Here's an interesting article...
Problems at Long Creek started with failures at the Department of Health and Human Services. 
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I would like to point out that the kids mentioned in this article from DHHS residential homes are more likely than not foster kids being warehoused in the Youth Center.  
"And once they have served their sentences at Long Creek, children who would otherwise be released often languish inside because there are long waiting lists for community placements."
Otherwise they'd go home to their families right?

Monday, March 20, 2017

How Maine is failing working parents by leaving millions unspent on child care

As Maine faces a labor shortage that’s only expected to intensify in the coming years, the state will need to find ways to ensure more people can work. But instead of expanding access to child care and making it easier for parents to make a living, a handful of state policies that have taken effect over the past decade, during the administrations of both Govs. John Baldacci and Paul LePage, have restricted families’ ability to find affordable care for their kids.

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