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After three years on the job, University of Maine President Paul Ferguson is heading west - to Indiana. The board of trustees at Ball State University selected Ferguson at a meeting this afternoon, bringing to an end what's been described as an "exhaustive" five-month search for a new president.

Ferguson has been the president of the University of Maine since 2011. Before that, he was provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a professor of pharmacology and toxicology.

UMaine System Trustees Fail to Patch Hole in Budget

May 20, 2014

They relied on a patchwork fix of deep cuts, layoffs and savings, but the trustees for the University of Maine System were still unable to develop a plan that will completely close a $36 million-dollar structural gap in next year's $529 million operating budget. Instead, the board voted to use one-time money from reserve accounts to buy the administration a little more time to develop a budget fix that addresses declining enrollments and higher operating costs at the system's seven university campuses.

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Walker School in Liberty made impressive gains over the past year. The school's grade on it's 2014 state report card jumped from a D to a B. Thanks to budget cuts, Walker now shares its principal with another elementary school in the district, Regional School Unit 3. Troy Central School moved from an F to a D this year. According to the state, it's still struggling. But a visit to Troy revealed the same kind of energy and programs in place that eventually allowed Walker School to become more successful.

The latest round of school report cards, released today by the Maine Department of Education, show a majority of schools still struggling to meet the LePage administration's standards for improvement. More than 150 Maine schools received lower grades from the state this year versus last, while nearly 100 schools boosted their scores at least one letter grade.

Overall this year, there were fewer As and Bs and more Ds and Fs, while the majority of schools got a C.

When last year's grades came out, educators across the state railed at Gov. Paul LePage. The governor, they complained, was labeling schools as failing - without offering enough context on the challenges, socio-economic and otherwise, that can get in the way of learning and contribute to low test scores.

Reading Proficiency

Feb 4, 2014

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  A new report shows that only 1/3 of Maine 4th graders read proficiently. A panel of experts will discuss tips, techniques and book recommendations to foster a love of reading that lasts a lifetime.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Claire Berkowitz, Executive Director, Maine Children’s Alliance

  The University of Maine is unveiling a program to get adults who didn't finish their college degree to get back to school.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

University of Maine chancellor James Page 

University of Maine at Augusta president Allyson Handley 

Student John Miller

School Absenteeism

Jan 8, 2014

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  A panel of Educators discussed ways of addressing the problem of school absenteeism. What is the link between elementary school attendance and high school graduation rates, and what is being done to keep kids in school, to combat chronic absenteeism, and to make parents, and those in the school system, more accountable for having school age children make it to class.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Home Schooling

Dec 30, 2013

  In Maine and across the country, homeschooling is on the rise. How well does home schooling work and what are the challenges it presents to parents and their children.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by
Belinda Ray, a freelance writer, bookkeeper and English teacher who has homeschooled her sons.
Lisa Siciliano homeschools her two children and volunteers with the Homeschoolers of Maine.
Desmond Molloy, a 16 year old from Falmouth who, although he attended preschool, has been homeschooled all of his life.

  NPR's Brian Naylor joined a panel discussing the role of the humanities in everyday life.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by

Brian Naylor, NPR Washington Correspondent

Jeffrey Hecker, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University of Maine

Linda Lord, Maine State Librarian (from Augusta)

Maine State Library 

 

Manufacturing, Education and High Paying Jobs

Oct 3, 2013

  Getting the right education for high tech, high paying jobs in Maine. What skills are needed to fill the gap in our state's manufacuturing sector. Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by: 

Lisa G. Martin, Executive Director, The Manufacturers Association of Maine 

Nicholas D'Antonio, Program Manager, Dream It. Do It., The Manufacturing Institute 

Frank Sherburne/Superintendent, Bonny Eagle Schools, MSAD #6 sector.

Charter Schools

Sep 5, 2013

  Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Richard Barnes, a founding member and former Vice Chair of the Maine Charter School Commission

Glenn Cummings, President, Maine Academy of Natural Sciences 

Kelli Pryor, Board chair, Baxter Academy for Technology and Science

The Intersection of Science, Music, and Creativity

Aug 15, 2013

  What are we learning about how music makes us more creative?

Host Suzanne Nance was joined by:

David Shaw, Black Point Group, Former Chair of The Jackson Laboratory

Dr. Charles Limb, Associate Professor - Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Faculty, Peabody Conservatory of Music

Jennifer Torrance, Jackson Laboratory's Senior Manager of Multimedia Services

 

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Teacher Evaluation

Feb 26, 2013

  A conversation with Maine's Commissioner of Education, the President of the Maine Education Association, and the Superintendent of Lewiston Public Schools. Grading teachers and how to get the best performance from those teaching our children.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Stephen Bowen, Commissioner of Maine Department of Education

Bill Webster, Superintendent of Lewiston Public Schools

Lois Kilby-Chesley, President, Maine Education Association

  What do children need to learn to become successful adults? What are schools doing or not doing, to teach students the problem solving and critical thinking skills needed to succeed in the workplace.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Melissa L. Cilley, Esq. Executive Director, Susan L. Curtis Charitable Foundation

Christopher P Miles, CEO Alliance Press

Katie Grondin, Auburn Schools Superintendent

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