PRESS: Maine could eliminate tuition costs for students with ‘pay it forward’ model from Oregon

PRESS: Maine could eliminate tuition costs for students with ‘pay it forward’ model from Oregon

Maine could eliminate tuition costs for students with ‘pay it forward’ model from Oregon

Bangor Daily News, January 29, 2014

By Mario Moretto (Photo by Troy Bennett)

AUGUSTA, Maine — College is expensive, and many Mainers, like students around the country, have to borrow a lot of money to earn a degree.

But imagine attending a two- or four-year college or university in Maine without having to pay any tuition costs up-front. Instead, you sign a deal to pay a fixed rate of your income for a predetermined amount …

Read More »

BDN features my comments on LD 1566 “An Act Regarding School Budgets”

BDN features my comments on LD 1566 “An Act Regarding School Budgets”

Today the Bangor Daily News featured my floor speech on LD 1566 “An Act Regarding School Budgets.” The bill was introduced by Senator Rebecca Millett (D-Cape Elizabeth) and would have enabled local school districts to use the extra education funds that were allocated in the state budget. This was a common sense measure. In fact the committee voted 11 to 2 in favor of the bill. Below is the article:

Law to ease local acceptance of additional state education money fails in House

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff

AUGUSTA, …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

A Case for Year Round Schooling

A Case for Year Round Schooling

I am an advocate for lengthening the school year. One model that I’m particularly interested in is the Year Round School Calendar (YRS). My intern, Helen White, prepared this fantastic crash course intro to YRS and I wanted to share it with all of you. Let me know what you think! The Maine Academy of Natural Sciences, in Fairfield, is now using a YRS. Could this calendar be a possibility for Maine to help our students excel? 

A Case for Year Round Schooling

Read More »

My First Bill: LD 668 “An Act to Make Agriculture Studies a Part of the Maine Curriculum”

My First Bill: LD 668 “An Act to Make Agriculture Studies a Part of the Maine Curriculum”

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to let you all know that I will be introducing my first bill on Thursday and I’m very excited. LD 668 “An Act to Make Agriculture Studies a Part of the Maine Curriculum” would ensure that all Maine students learn about Maine’s proud farming heritage and develop an understanding of where their food comes from and how it gets to their plates. My goal with this bill is to strengthen our students connections with the natural world and the world of farming. …

Read More »

Legislative Update: Supplemental Budget, Young Legislators featured on WCSH6 and Upcoming Office Hours

Legislative Update: Supplemental Budget, Young Legislators featured on WCSH6 and Upcoming Office Hours

I hope everyone’s school vacation week went well. I wanted to let you know that I’ll be holding Office Hours, March 2, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Little Dog Coffee Shop. I’d love it if you’d stop by and talk with me in person.

Recently I was interviewed by Rob Caldwell, from “207.” My interview was part of a story on the 13 legislators under 30 who created the bipartisan “Youth Caucus.” We are focusing on solutions to issues affecting young Mainers. I am Co-Chair of the Caucus …

Read More »

The Governor’s State of the State Address and MPBN’s Maine Capital Connection Channel

The Governor’s State of the State Address and MPBN’s Maine Capital Connection Channel

Tonight is the Governor’s State of the State Address to the Joint Convention of the Maine Legislature at 7 pm. You can watch the address live on MPBN’s new channel “Maine Capital Connection.” The channel just went live today at 10 am for our session.

Maybe if you tune in now you can see me typing this…

https://www.mpbn.net/News/MaineCapitolConnection.aspx

Should be an interesting address so make sure you tune in and watch at 7 pm!

Read More »

Thank you Brunswick!

Thank you Brunswick!

To the town of Brunswick:

Thank you! Thank you to the voters of House District 66 for placing your trust in me and electing me to be your next State Representative.

This election was the experience of a lifetime. During the past four months, I have had the opportunity to knock on most of the doors in District 66 and to talk to people about what matters most to them. Thank you to all who opened their door to me.  I have met new people, found …

Read More »

Dan Demerrit features me in his Maine Sunday Telegram column!

Dan Demerrit features me in his Maine Sunday Telegram column!

Dan Demerrit, a Republican political consultant, featured me today in his Maine Sunday Telegram column. Dan wrote about my campaign and Matt Pouliot’s campaign in an article that talks about why we should thank those who run for office. Thank you for your wonderful piece Dan!

Dan Demeritt: Two young candidates for the State House offer hope for a new start in politics.

An Augusta Republican and a Brunswick Democrat show why we should thank those who run for office. 

Maine Sunday Telegram, November 4th, 2012

Despite the tactics, tantrums, …

Read More »

VIDEO: District 66 Candidate Forum on Jobs and the Economy

VIDEO: District 66 Candidate Forum on Jobs and the Economy

Below is the full length video of our Candidate Forum on Jobs and the Economy. Quinby House at Bowdoin was kind enough to host the event. It was the first of three forums.

Read More »