My late start high school bill is featured on WGME 13

My late start high school bill is featured on WGME 13

WGME 13 interviewed me about LD 711, my late start high school bill.

You can see the interview here:

http://www.wgme.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/brunswick-lawmaker-proposes-later-start-high-school-day-26291.shtml#.VQGqbWR4odU

 

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Daughtry bill would tackle student health fees in the UMaine system

Daughtry bill would tackle student health fees in the UMaine system

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 26, 2015

Contact: Ann Kim [Daughtry], 287-1488

Daughtry bill would tackle student health fees in the UMaine system

Bill would make college more affordable

AUGUSTA – Rep. Mattie Daughtry, D-Brunswick, has submitted legislation that would make it easier for students in the University of Maine system to avoid a student health fee that is often unnecessary.

Daughtry’s measure would allow students to choose whether or not they want to purchase the services covered by the fee.

“Right now, students automatically get charged each semester …

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PRESS: Cost of higher education draining Mainers

PRESS: Cost of higher education draining Mainers

The Portland Press Herald is doing a multi-part series on college debt. They profiled me for the first article, which I have copied below:

Cost of higher education draining Mainers: 

Soaring student debt impacts the economy, with graduates putting off life investments as they struggle to repay loans.

PORTLAND, ME - For years, Cassie Harris has been scrimping to chip away at her $50,000 in student loan debt – living at home after graduation, taking odd jobs, getting health care at a free clinic and putting off big purchases.

She …

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PRESS RELEASE: Commission to study college affordability holds second meeting

PRESS RELEASE: Commission to study college affordability holds second meeting

Commission tasked with exploring options to reduce the cost of higher education

August 26, 2014

AUGUSTA — The commission to study college affordability convened today in Augusta for its second meeting to discuss strategies for making college more affordable in Maine.

At today’s meeting, the commission focused on the concept of affordability and the ability of Maine’s current tuition and financial aid structure to maximize student success. A panel discussion was held on the State of Maine Grant program, a need-based program that provides grants to undergraduate students. …

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PRESS RELEASE: Commission to study college affordability holds first meeting

PRESS RELEASE: Commission to study college affordability holds first meeting

AUGUSTA — The college affordability commission held its first meeting Tuesday to begin its work examining strategies to make college more affordable and increase degree attainment for Maine students.

“Many Mainers recognize the importance of a college degree in this changing, competitive 21st century economy,” said Democratic Senator Rebecca Millett of Cape Elizabeth, the Senate Chair of the Commission. “Degree affordability will directly impact whether our children and our neighbors can pursue higher education. I am delighted to have so many smart, talented, and motivated people …

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NEWS: Daughtry Appointed to be House Chair of College Affordability Commission

NEWS: Daughtry Appointed to be House Chair of College Affordability Commission

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been appointed to be the House Chair of the Commission to Study College Affordability and College Completion!

The thirteen-member commission was created with the passage of LD 1849, “Resolve, To Establish the Commission to Study College Affordability and College Completion.” College Affordability was a key issue for the Youth Caucus this past session. I drafted and gave testimony for the Youth Caucus on the two affordability bills that were before the Education Committee. You can read that testimony by clicking here. If you …

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Youth Caucus Testimony on the College Affordability Bills

Youth Caucus Testimony on the College Affordability Bills

Today the Education Committee heard two bills regarding college affordability: Senator Justin Alfond’s LD 1703 “An Act To Increase College Affordability and the Rate of Degree Completion” and Senator Roger Katz’s LD 1702 “Resolve, Directing the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System To Study the Establishment of a Pilot Program Based on Oregon’s “Pay Forward, Pay Back” Model of Funding Public Postsecondary Education.”

Both bills seek to address the epidemic of college debt in Maine and also directed the state to look …

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My bill LD 671 passes the House and Senate

My bill LD 671 passes the House and Senate

My bill LD 671 “An Act to Protect Charter Schools by Requiring Them to be Operated as Nonprofit Organizations,” has now passed the House and Senate. It now heads to the Governor’s desk to be signed. We will have to wait and see what he decides to do with this bill.

Below is an article from the Bangor Daily News about my bill:

House and Senate Agree that charter schools should be totally nonprofit

by Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff, June 3rd, 2013

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill that would require …

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Universal Pre-K in Maine

Universal Pre-K in Maine

Universal Pre-K in Maine

by Helen White

Why is Pre-K needed?

As discussed in a prior post on Year Round Schooling, one of the greatest injustices in our education system is the so-called “achievement gap.” The achievement gap points to the marked difference in academic accomplishment between high- and low-income students, even if they attend the same school and have the same teachers. In the piece on Year Round Schooling, it was shown that some of this gap was the result of the enriching …

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