Education Cost Saving Ideas

Welcome to the “Cost Savings Ideas” website of Governor Paul LePage. Here, you are invited to share your ideas for promoting cost savings in the Community College System (Board of Trustees), Department of Education, Gov. Baxter School for the Deaf, Maine Educational Center for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Maine Maritime Academy, State Board of Education, University of Maine System (Board of Trustees), and other related agencies.

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  1. Purchase home school curriculums from such companies as "Abeka" for less than $400. per student per year.The teacher kit $360.=smarter kids

    I dont believe our children should be forced to only read liberal ideals. Abeka is a Christian based organization but the Bible doesn't have to be taught. Good moral values have declined significantly in this Country & need to be brought back into schools. Our children were both homeschooled & in public schools, I love the homeschool curriculum much better & its cheaper. If our teachers & unions are really thinking of our students & Country's well being, I think it should be at least given a chance. Nothing will make everyone happy, but should serve in the best interest…

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    • Driving Simulation Education http://www.aplusbsoftware.com/

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      • What School Has Come To Be

        School is not for learning anymore or find out who we are and what we could accomplish. We show up everyday to learn to test and how not to fail the test so the school doesn't look bad. I think the state testing needs to be changed. It no longer shows us where we are at but instead what the numbers limit us to. I remember in third grade taking my first state required test called the MEA. I remember doing MEA's all the way up into middle school where we then switched over to NWEA testing. Some of my…

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        • Common Core

          This is being written by a student that attends Westbrook High School. The Common Core State Standards need to be abolished. The idea is a good one, but there has been terrible execution. This was adopted with very little public involvement, in fact my family never knew about this until the first day high school last year. My school is the first school to do it in Maine. This program has made my fellow students dumber. And now, with the new Smarter Balanced Assessments being brought in in 2016, the SAT's may no longer be provided for free. This is…

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          • stop pay apple computer thats over priced

            i cant believe our school systems are paying high cost for an apple laptop. it is great to get our kids use to computing early in life. why is the tax payers paying for the most costly laptop . there is other computers under $200 that would help students in k-8 .

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            • how we could save on school cost

              i think if the school year was changed it could help . example start school last 2 weeks of august. sept to dec the same as now. jan -july every other week have school. by doing that if teachers need meetings or studies they could do when students wasnt there. also jan - march is very cold . at schools if the week no students where there the heat could be turned down to 55 . there would be 6 weeks of saving on fuel cost in the school building and buses not running while its the coldest time of…

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              • Eliminate harvest break.

                The harvest break is costly to school districts which close high schools for 2-3 weeks in the fall to help the farmers. The theory is that farmers save money by hiring high school students to work the harvest, and then they return to school. But the cost to one school district to keep buses running during that time with fewer students on them to the elementary schools where children too young to work harvesters remain in school is substantial. Two teachers could be paid a good annual salary for what a single school district pays to cover harvest expenses. While…

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                • Impose a fee

                  Impose a fee (perhaps $200.00 per child per year) on families with children in the school system. No need to tax ALL to continue supporting the few

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                  • Suggestion for budget cuts

                    I am writing to suggest that Maine discontinue the required standardized tests, the NECAP & MEA, as they are redundant and time consuming. Certain testing is required with No Child Left Behind. However these test results are not immediate where others are and can provide better information to redirect instruction.
                    These standardized tests are costing the State of Maine far too much money if you look at cost/benefit analysis.

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                    • Just keep on keeping on to pare the budget. Too many areas of waste have existed for too long.

                      I never did agree with Gov. King's handout of computers, and still believe it is not necessary to provide these at taxpayers' expense.

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                      • All Colleges/Tech Schools need job placement programs.

                        We need to enforce job placement programs for all education. All Colleges and Tech programs should have to base their tuition rates off of how many people place jobs each year, after completing the program. Schools with the lowest rates of job placement, are required to lower tuition rates. If a student has a change of mind in their career choice, after completing the course and doesn't want to be included in job placement, must sign a document stating so. That way it will not go against the school. Also if a school has to refer students to out of…

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                        • First I need to tell you we are thrilled with the direction you are taking us, your bravery under fire and courage to do what is right comme

                          vouchers for the scool of choice, homeschooling, private schools, etc. we would save money as a state and competition would pop up for the public schools. Our public school system is so heavy with administration and so much paperwork is generated to keep them busy. The teachers need to be free to teach children. learning can be fun & interesting but our children spend most of the day in lecture & sitting in their seat.

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                          • Get rid of the Chancellors office at the University of Maine System

                            Waste of taxpayer monies- Chancellors salary at 280,000 plus benefits? The "good ole boys club at public institutions is outrageous!

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                                • Find a WorkForce solution for prisons to offer real college courses that count for real credits towards a degree.

                                  Time, and plenty of it. Education has proven to be successful for lowering crime and repeating the cycle. Allow inmates to work and develop real skills, real college credits, real work generating income for teachers, and inmates to plan a successful future. I am sure people will scream no fair, but they can't get past the punishment mode and really understand the problem.

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                                  • Career and Technical Education

                                    I am a strong supporter of CTE and worry out high school and middle school guidance departments are steering student to the centers because they feel the student is not "college material" thus setting them up to struggle when they get there. Most CTE are offering college level programing and offering dual enrollments so these students are infact COLLEGE STUDENTS. This is a reason to stop sending kids there to give them something to do with their hands and start promoting this as a Pre-community college and 4 year college institution and is preparing students with nationally recognized certifications and…

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                                    • To promote better education, get rid of tenure for public school teachers. The union is the demise of a good education.

                                      Teachers Unions are the demise of public education. When a teacher makes it through the first two years, they are now tenured. This allows the bad teachers to keep their jobs. This isn't fair to the hard working good teachers that many districts have. The union fights for every problem that arises with teachers. Many disputes are not wanting to do their job as per their contract. The right thing to do is get rid of unions and put that money back in teachers pockets.

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                                      • Performance-Based Pay Raises: Require School Leaders and Teachers to Communicate Effectively with Students/Families

                                        The culture in our schools must reflect or mirror that of successful businesses, project managers and entrepreneurs. How do we measure success? Through achievement--getting things done.. School Leaders must be clear about academic goals and timelines for achievement. This must be communicated effectively with students and parents. Then and only then can everyone be held accountable. Is this too simply stated? It seems to make much more sense than adding new programs, new services and extra professional development...

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