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School boards across Maine deal with challenges and controversies tied to the polarizing issues of our times

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Bangor Daily News / Courtesy of Cedena McAvoy
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Maia Johnson and Charlie MacDonald hold a sign in favor of mandatory masking at Hampden Academy on August 24, 2021 (Courtesy of Cedena McAvoy)

School boards in Maine and across the nation have become the source and victims of controversy. Hotly debated societal issues in the schools have led to angry parents, embattled educators, and school board members becoming the deciders on matters ranging from masking to critical race theory. We find out what school boards in Maine are facing in this charged climate.

Panelists:
Steven Bailey, executive director, Maine School Management Association
Becky Fles, chair, board of directors, MSAD11 (Gardiner, Pittston, Randolph, West Gardiner); director, Maine School Board Association
Peter Felmly, attorney, Drummond Woodsum

VIP Callers:
Regan Nickels, superintendent, RSU 22 (Hampden, Newburgh, Winterport and Frankfort)
Shawn Sullivan, reporter with the York County Coast Star.

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