Sunday, February 28, 2016

Two boys reported missing not in danger, Portland police say

Portland police say parental custody issues are involved in the case of two boys reported missing early Saturday night.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Cost of juvenile detention in Maine is four times more expensive than housing adult offenders

It may come as a surprise, It's less expensive to put a kid through the University of Maine than it is to put someone behind bars.

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Portland girl dies after being suffocated by birthday balloon

An 8-year-old girl was found dead on her bed earlier this week at her home in Northeast Portland; and a balloon is being blamed for the young girl's ill-timed death. 
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That's sad, my heart goes out to her family.  

Friday, February 26, 2016

Lawmakers to vote on DHHS lawsuit

Five York County families are one step closer to suing Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services.

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Bill would make teacher-student sexual relations a felony, regardless of age

Lawmakers met on Thursday to consider a bill that would make it a felony for teachers to have sex with a student, even if the student is of legal age.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Bill would make it easier to end parental rights of rapists in Maine

The sponsor of a Maine bill about rape victims’ rights says the proposal would make it easier for victims to strip their attackers of parental rights to children conceived as a result of rape.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Augusta woman accused of sexually abusing child



An Augusta woman is facing charges after police say she sexually abused a child under the age of 15.

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Jail prisoners spruce up Lewiston schools

Prisoners from seven county jails saved the local school department nearly $25,000 by cleaning, painting and performing carpentry projects at seven of the city's school buildings last week.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Students before politics? Not in an election year

With Republicans in control of the Legislature in 2011 and 2012, LePage led the passage of Maine’s first charter school law, a proficiency-based diploma system and an educator evaluation program. He also implemented a controversial A-through-F school grading system with the intention of improving low-performing schools.

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Maine kids and teachers lobby legislators on school funding gap

Some Maine students and teachers spent part of their February break in Augusta this year, trading the hallways of local schools for the halls of the State House on Thursday in an attempt to convince legislators to prioritize K-12 education and close a looming school funding gap.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Superintendent backs Windham High officials’ recommendation for teen accused of sex assaults

The superintendent of Windham schools said Friday that he supports the decision by the high school football coach and the athletic director to recommend senior Tyrell Gullatt for a prestigious football award, even though both school employees knew that Gullatt was facing felony charges that he sexually assaulted young children.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Maine laws don’t dictate how school districts handle students facing criminal charges

Though Maine laws mandate certain actions when a student is charged with a crime, school districts are on their own when it comes to deciding whether the criminal charges affect the student’s participation in school activities.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Ballot initiative proposes surcharge on high earners to pay for education

More than a decade after voters agreed the state should pay for 55 percent of the cost of K-12 education, a ballot measure this November proposes a way to actually pay for it: a surcharge on the state’s top earners.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

N.Y. filmmaker focuses his camera on Maine school for troubled teens

New York filmmaker Todd Nilssen is in the final stages of a two-year effort to produce a feature-length documentary on the notorious Elan School for troubled teens.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Complaints filed against York special education programs

Parents have filed at least 10 complaints in the last year about special education in the York School District. 
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A warning to parents who complain too much about anything to do with school: These people will retaliate against you with a call to DHHS.  

Gov. Paul LePage says Maine will privatize ASPIRE program

Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday during his weekly town meeting tour that he is moving forward with the privatization of the state’s ASPIRE program because Maine is failing to meet federal work requirements for the program’s participants. 
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The only reason the ASPIRE program is a joke is because it's severely underfunded.

Somebody goes and applies for Snap or AFDC, and is told they have to go to the ASPIRE Orientation in order to qualify.  No Problem.  So they sit there for 2 hours listening to how wonderful the program is.  No Problem.  Only to find out that the program ran out of their yearly funds a month after they got them.

Therefore it is a total waste of time.

Old Orchard Beach man charged with sexual assault of 11-year-old girl

An Old Orchard Beach man was arrested this week and charged with gross sexual assault after allegedly assaulting an 11-year-old girl.

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Portland to repair, upgrade Reiche Elementary School

The city says it will use anticipated and unspent funds to make short-term improvements and remove an outdoor ramp deemed to be unsafe.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Maine schools stepping up efforts to get kids to eat healthy foods

As schools across the country step up efforts to provide more nutritious foods to all children, they’re also focusing on ways get them interested in trying them. And it can be particularly important for kids from low-income families, who often lack access to nutritious food at home and are at increased risk for obesity.

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Governor's office: LePage not proposing to be education commissioner

A spokesman for Gov. Paul LePage said the governor was not proposing to become the state’s education commissioner when he made a comment during a breakfast event Thursday morning

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Fairfield woman seeks new trial in children’s kidnapping case

BethMarie N. Retamozzo, 37, was convicted of illegally taking two of her children from their guardian and driving them hundreds of miles south before she was stopped by police in South Carolina.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Gov. LePage is a role model for bullies targeting LGBTQ kids

It’s eight years later and this moment is back on my mind. Gov. Paul LePage announced last week that he is blocking a new set of rules designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students from discrimination. Created by the Maine Human Rights Commission, these rules provide schools with a clear and enforceable set of guidelines on how to treat LGBTQ students on such issues as discrimination and harassment, and ensure transgender students access to gender-appropriate facilities.


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Biddeford’s St. Andre Home to end longtime programs for pregnant women

The nonprofit agency plans to close a group home by the end of the month and its adoption program within three months.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Maine governor stops bureaucrats from imposing transgender bathroom rules on schools

The governor of Maine, Paul LePage, has stopped his administration from promulgating new rules that would punish schools that do not allow transgender students to use the restrooms, showers, and other accommodations of the opposite biological sex.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Conflict erupts over how Maine should deal with transgender students

The Maine Human Rights Commission last month issued guidelines for public schools to use when dealing with students who identify as transgender.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Advocates to state: Get the lead out, quickly impose new standards

A new state lead-poisoning standard passed into law in 2015 is sitting in limbo, according to lawmakers and advocates who say Maine should move quickly on the change to better protect children from exposure to the neurotoxin.

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