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  • Policy Wonk: LePage’s need to scape-goat is overpowering

    The dictionary defines scape-goat as “a person or group bearing blame for others.” Food-stamp recipients, those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the long-term unemployed are all familiar with Gov. Paul LePage’s need to scape-goat. The governor...

  • Forecaster Forum: Quality schools vital to Portland’s success

    I recently gave the annual State of the Schools report to the Portland City Council. The report provides an opportunity each year to let the community know how we’re doing as a school district and where we’re headed. This year, I began the report with an important premise: The ...

  • Letter: Parents deserve a say in math curriculum

    Your article about the Chicago Math program and the concerns parents have has been played out numerous times across the country and here in Maine over the past few years. Our district recently did away with Investigations in Data and Space for K-5 and Connected Math for Middle School. Our School ... 3

  • Letter: Schools must re-examine priorities

    What is the difference between constructivist math and traditional math? Your article didn't exactly explain why parents should be concerned, or not. However, I'm not sure which is the greater concern, the math or the process. Isn't it the obligation of the Portland School Board, or any sc...

  • Letter: Portland parents should help pick math textbook

    Portland schools recently spent $140,000 on a middle school math textbook. They failed to include parents in the process. The School Board will soon decide if they’ll give parents a voice in the selection process for the elementary textbook. The district could have selected the Sin...

  • Letter: 'Reform' mathematics is not the only answer

    In 1997, I started the Maine Mathematics Science & Engineering Talent Search program. In 2011, I was selected to a nationwide group to resolve the shortage of engineers in the U.S. In 2005, I received the University of Maine Educator Recognition Award for MMSETS. Over the years, we had...

  • Letter: Beem is wrong about smart meters

    Edgar Allen Beem’s column, "Worried about wireless," is just plain wrong. He talks about, “individual sensitivity to radio frequency exposure.” We have had radio transmitters since around 1890, about 120 years now. In that time nobody has ever been proved to be sensitive to &ldq... 1

  • Letter: Obama deserves a chance to succeed

    Re: Paul Bachorik's recent letter, he would seem to be naive in the extreme, along with too many others, to imagine that the damage resulting from the destructive decisions of the Bush-Cheney administration would almost immediately be resolved by a new administration. It will take take 10 years o...

  • The Universal Notebook: Maine's boss is anti-labor

    Gov. Paul LePage looked as though he was going to blow a gasket Sept. 26 when NBC news anchor Brian Williams asked him on national television about his decision to order the Maine labor history mural removed from the Department of Labor offices. Noting that union workers at BIW helped win ...

  • The View From Away: There's school, and then there's education

    The college drop-off was less traumatic than I anticipated, and the trauma was self-inflicted. He was ready. His room is excellent. His roommate is a responsible student/athlete. I thought the closest thing to a jock the University of Chicago had was a student/mathlete, but there you go...