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- The Maine State Legislature first convened for its current session on Dec. 5 and has considered multiple education-related measures since. In 2016, the legislature repealed a surtax geared toward increasing public education funding, and Sen. Ben Chipman, D-Portland, is proposing a bill creating a 3% surtax as a result. Maine’s governor, Democrat Janet Mills, has also said she wants to fully fund the state’s education costs.
- A measure likely to come before the legislature will focus on bringing universal pre-K to public school systems across the state.
- In the same vein as a proposal in Arizona, one bill seeks to bar teachers from getting political or including ideological or religious activism in their work in the classroom.
- Finally, another state representative wants to bring cursive back with a requirement for K-5 students to learn to write in script.