Jim Rier was sworn in as commissioner of the Department of Eduction this past February — and arrived to a desk with an overflowing inbox. Just some of the things on his 'to do list': Maine's transition to proficiency-based diplomas for high school graduates, the second year of those controversial report cards for Maine schools, adopting the national common core standards, more charter schools in Maine and trying to rework the state's school funding formula. How are Maine's schools today? How will the changes affect Maine kids, and will they better prepare us for the future?
Host Jennifer Rooks speaks with:
- Maine Department of Education Commissioner Jim Rier.