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A new report released Wednesday finds that many aspects of Maine's education system have improved over the past few decades, including access to public preschool and kindergarten. The findings also suggest that students from economically disadvantaged households are still struggling and are not getting the same opportunities as their peers.

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Some local school officials are raising concerns about proposed changes to Maine’s special education laws, which they say could overwhelm their districts and may lead to conflicts with other districts.

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The official end of the Holocaust was May, 1945. In the 73 years since, many of the survivors of the genocide have passed away, but some are still here and telling their stories, including some survivors in Maine, who are seeking a younger audience to keep theses stories from being forgotten.

Enrollment across the University of Maine System is up this fall, and officials say it's driven by a new financial aid program and a boost in high schoolers taking college classes.

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Students across Maine can now be recognized for being proficient in multiple languages as part of a new initiative from the state’s Department of Education.

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Between walkouts over gun violence and rallies protesting presidential nominees, young people have been particularly politically active in recent years. For college students, the push now is to turn that newfound civic engagement into turnout at the polls.

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This spring, Portland junior Tom Victor found himself in an unexpected location: 300 miles north of his home, outside an empty storefront in Millinocket.

The Maine Department of Education has received more than $5 million from the federal government to support student mental health in three school districts.

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Some Maine school districts have yet to receive funding to help support homeless students due to what the Department Of Education says is a "scoring issue." The issue has delayed the application process for schools to receive thousands of dollars in federal grant funds.

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Maine’s School Revolving Renovation Fund was established some 20 years ago to help districts face the challenges of fixing aging schools, which have made tough choices due to years of underfunding. But that fund has yet to reach its financial goals, and now has little money left.

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Many of Maine’s school buildings were built more than 50 years ago, and they need a lot of work: asbestos and lead removal, new roofs, windows and doors. But in the face of budget cuts after the Great Recession, many schools have struggled to keep up with those maintenance needs, forcing some districts to make tough choices.

Maine’s State Board of Education approved a new kind of regional high school this week that would merge three existing schools and also bring in vocational programs, business training and higher education into one facility in northern Aroostook County.

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In the wake of the fatal school shooting in Parkland, Florida earlier this year, schools across Maine are taking steps to respond and increasing security measures.

Despite privacy concerns from school officials, the legislature's education committee endorsed a bill Thursday that would mandate that Maine schools quickly report investigations of the conduct of credentialed school staff to the state.

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