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  • Forecaster Forum: Quality schools are 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 ...

  • The Right View: Schools coerce parents over testing

    The scary letters have been coming to parents from superintendents and school boards as Smarter Balanced testing is either in progress, or about to get underway. "Maine law requires public schools to have all students in grades three through eight and grade 11 participate in the Maine Educ...

  • Letter: Pryzant for Falmouth School Board

    Eydie Pryzant has shown a deep interest on educational issues. She was a leader in defeating the school consolidation referendum. In 2009, Eydie was given the Friend of Education Award by Falmouth teachers for her many contributions to the students and staff of the Falmouth Schools. Her ha...

  • Letter: Re-elect Pierce to Falmouth council

    I have had the pleasure of working with Teresa Pierce for several years on the board of the Falmouth Education Foundation. Teresa is hard-working and selfless, serving as the president of FEF to raise private funds to support innovative programs in the arts, athletics, and academics for the chil...

  • Letter: Slate voting damages Falmouth

    Falmouth has lost its way. The political discourse has turned contentious, rancorous, and at times ugly. It now appears that five individuals are running as a block for the two open Town Council seats and three open School Board seats. This strategy is a ploy to control local government and ultim...

  • Letter: Brunswick PD yes, more sprawl no

    As a resident of the Pleasant Street neighborhood near the Stanwood intersection, I'm happy to have the Brunswick Police Department as new neighbors. I'm not happy, however, to read that Town Council Chairwoman Joanne King has said that Brunswick Development Corp. can do whatever it pleases w...

  • Letter: Hazard, Larson, Tucker for Falmouth School Board

    I am writing to lend my strong support for three candidates for Falmouth School Board: Karyl Hazard, Analiese Larson and Lucy Tucker. Hazard first started participating at School Board workshops two years ago, and since that time, we’ve heard her thoughtful, well-reasoned voice many ...

  • Letter: SAD 51 needs budget increase

    On June 9 and 14 voters in the SAD 51 community will vote on the proposed school budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Following three years of flat funding, the School Board is recommending a budget increase of 2.93 percent, a modest adjustment to maintain our programs, staff, facilities...

  • Letter: Falmouth's use of surplus is not new

    I recently moved to Falmouth with my wife, Kate McCrann, who grew up here, and our two kids, ages 4 and 1. I can't wait for the community center to happen. There won't be a tax increase of any kind to fund Question 1. It'll cost $5.6 million over the next 4.5 years, but not a penny of that...

  • Letter: No on 1 is Falmouth's real gamble

    Voting yes on Question 1 provides Falmouth with an invaluable chance to shape our future. As a former town councilor, I am surprised by the tone and position of some of the opponents of Question 1 in Falmouth, many of whom I normally consider to have sound business judgment and strong community...