Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Here’s my hope for a student who was living in poverty

Imagine that you are a fourth grade teacher working in an economically deprived school in the foothills of western Maine. You teach in a small town where the factory and farming jobs that used to be the economic engine of your community no longer exist. In this once thriving community, many parents now struggle to find jobs that pay a living wage. Many parents struggle to buy school supplies and clothes for their children.

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Abuse allegations dominated Biddeford news

Allegations of child sexual abuse against two now retired Biddeford police officers dominated the headlines this year.

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Friday, December 25, 2015

Maine school reverses decision on ‘Hello Kitty’ Christmas tree

“The Christmas tree that has been the focus of this discussion does so, and is therefore appropriate for the school setting,” he said.

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Study: Maine is 5th in US in School Broadband Access

Maine is the fifth-best state in the nation when it comes to equipping its schools with quality Internet connections, according to a study from a national nonprofit advocacy group.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Maine's Outrageously High Foster Care Psychiatric Drugging Statistics Revealed

A new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request just revealed that 23.1% of Maine’s foster children are being prescribed mind-altering psychiatric drugs and that 9.2% percent of foster children are on at least two of these drugs at a time

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Maine's DHHS Child Welfare Department makes the Ripoff Report!!

I am seeking justice to file a class action lawsuit against Maine's CPS/DHHS for failing to abide by a court order to reunify my son. It was their responsibility from December 2012 until August 2013 and they did nothing when my weekly visits were stopped with my son coming to visit my other children and me!

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Bangor teacher says she was ordered to remove Christmas tree from classroom

A long-time math teacher at Bangor High School said on her Facebook page that she was ordered by the principal on Friday to remove a small Christmas tree from her classroom.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

2015 Maine KIDS COUNT

The 2015 Maine Kids Count Databook paints a comprehensive picture of how children are faring in Maine in comparison to children both regionally and nationally. The data acts as an effective indicator for which policies and practice are working and which policies and practice are failing. It is the hope of the Maine Children's Alliance and the Annie E. Casey Foundation that this concrete evidence can aid policy-makers and advocates alike in creating a better Maine for our youngest citizens.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Paul LePage: “Hungry Kids Grow Up To Be Better Workers, Food Stamps Make Them Fat And Lazy”

The federal government has warned that Maine could face sanctions after breaking federal and state laws by mismanaging its food stamp program under Gov. Paul LePage (R). “If the department’s goal is to make more people hungry, the strategy is working,” wrote David Farmer of the Bangor Daily News on Monday. “Under LePage and Mayhew, more people are hungry and the department isn’t doing its job.”


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Friday, December 11, 2015

Husband of Parkman day care owner faces seven counts of child sex abuse charges


NEWS CENTER spoke with Piscataquis District Attorney Christopher Almy on Thursday. He said "We became aware of it recently when parents of some of the kids complained to both state police and the Sheriff's office that the children at the daycare center had been enticed in to exposing their privates to the owners husband." 
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Always remember; Pedophiles who haven't been caught yet are great at passing their background checks.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Foster Mom Reflects on Family Unification, Separation

This article was written by Mary Callahan, she was a foster parent who led the efforts to reform Maine's child welfare system after the death of a young foster child named Logan Marr.

I also had Mary's help with my own case back in 2004.  She is a big part of the reason I won and I am forever grateful.  
My daughter called yesterday with some exciting news. She has decided to go back to school to be a social worker. I almost choked. I see social workers as the people who ruined her childhood. She sees them as the friends on the other end of the phone who got her through it. 
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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Maine Voices: Parents who won’t vaccinate their kids need a shot of common sense

As I read in the paper that many parents are refusing to let their young children be vaccinated to prevent serious diseases, I can’t help wanting to share my concern for the consequences to their children, and for the risk it causes for immune-compromised children whose health may depend on not being exposed to these all-too-common diseases. My concern is based on memories of how much my childhood was affected – you could say “crippled” – by one case of pertussis (then called “whooping cough” because of the persistent, rasping cough it caused).

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Maine CDC: Tests fail to link children’s E. coli cases to Oxford fair

The E. coli infection that killed one Maine toddler and hospitalized another in October cannot conclusively be tied to the county fair both boys visited, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday.

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Attorney: High court will question Maine’s wrongful birth law

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will be asked to interpret Maine’s wrongful birth law, amid a lawsuit from a Newport mother against a health care clinic and pharmaceutical firm over the failed implementation of a birth control device, according to her attorney.

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Maine signs NH company for standardized tests

The Maine Department of Education has signed up New Hampshire-based Measured Progress Inc. for new statewide English and math tests given to students in third through eighth grades.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Judge blasts DHHS, acquits Rockland mother in child assault

A 30-year-old Rockland woman accused of kicking her 5-year-old son in the face was acquitted of assault Wednesday afternoon as the judge sharply criticized the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and police for what he called shoddy investigative work.

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