Maine school districts
|K-12 Education in Maine|
|State Superintendent: Stephen Bowen|
|Number of students: 188,969|
|Number of teachers: 14,888|
|Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:12.7|
|Number of school districts: 260|
|Number of schools: 621|
|Graduation rate: 85%|
|Per-pupil spending: $11,438|
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Public education in Maine
Glossary of education terms
Maine is home to 621 schools and 188,969 K-12 students.
State school administrators
- State Board of Education
- Nancy S. Perkins, Chair
- Peter E. Geiger, Vice Chair
- Dr. Steven M. Pound
- William H. Beardsley
- Nichi Farnham
- Martha J. Harris
- Jana Lapoint
- Heidi H. Sampson
- Ande A. Smith
The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Maine as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.
|Demographic information for Maine's K-12 public school system|
|Ethnicity||Students||State Percentage||United States Percentage**|
|Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. students||185||0.10%||0.42%|
|Two or more||2,156||1.14%||2.54%|
|**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.|
Common Core, or the Common Core State Standards Initiative, is an American education initiative that outlines quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. The Maine Department of Education adopted the standards on April 4, 2011. Full implementation took place during the 2012-2013 academic year.
School board composition
School board members are elected by residents of the school district. School boards are composed of at least one member from each municipality or sub-district otherwise stated. In municipalities with annual elections, directors serve three-year terms. In municipalities with biennial elections, directors serve four-year terms. Should a vacancy occur, an interim board member is selected until the next election.
School districts in Maine are divided into six different types:
- School administrative districts serve two or more participating cities, towns or plantations and make up the majority of school
district in Maine.
- Community school districts are school administrative units formed between two or more participating cities, towns, or plantations for any combination of grades K-12.
- Incorporated school districts serve a single city or town.
- Interstate school districts provide for the construction and operation of schools.
- Applied technology regions are established institutions that provide vocational education.
- Indian school districts are independent school district governments that elect tribal school committee governs each school under the laws applicable to school administrative units.
While Maine imposes term limits on statewide offices, they do not impose them on school board members.
School board elections
- See also: Maine school board elections, 2015
No top enrollment districts in Maine are scheduled to hold elections in 2015.
Path to the ballot
Candidates for local school boards in Maine must:
- collect a minimum of 300 signatures from registered Maine voters. They must also have each petition verified by its circulator.
- have all aforementioned signatures certified by the applicable registrar of voters prior to filing with the Secretary of State.
- have the registrar of voters in the municipality where you are registered to vote complete the “Certification of Unenrollment.”
- sign a “Candidate’s Consent” before a notary public.
- present the petitions to the Secretary of State for review.
- comply with the campaign finance law regarding registration, record keeping and reporting requirements.
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- United States school districts
- List of school districts in Maine
- Maine Department of Education
- Public education in Maine
- Maine Secretary of State
- Maine Department of Education
- Maine School Board Association
- Maine Education Association
- National Center for Education Statistics school district search tool
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
- ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
- United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "State Education Data Profiles," accessed August 16, 2013
- United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
- Common Core State Standards Initiative, "Core Standards in your State," accessed June 12, 2014
- Maine Department of Education, "Maine Learning Results: Updated To Reflect the Common Core Standards," accessed June 17, 2014
- MSBA Handbook, "School Structure and Governance," accessed July 11, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Maine," accessed July 11, 2014
- Maine Secretary of State, "Maine Candidate Guide," accessed July 11, 2014
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