STATEWIDE — A bill currently in committee would allow the commissioner of education to provide extra funding to address student achievement gaps.
Rep. Michael Brennan, D-Portland, sponsored the bill, which would allow for an adjustment of a school’s funding formula for up to $10 million in extra state funding to address student achievement gaps based on student race or economic status.
The state’s education commissioner would be required to set the requirements to calculate those gaps and the criteria for receiving an adjustment. For their part, school administrative units would have to submit a plan on how they plan to address achievement gaps.
“There are achievement gaps in schools throughout the state of Maine more so now due to the pandemic. Schools across the state are in the process of coming up with interventions, plans, and strategies, to fill in those gaps by looking at additional time and resources now or vacations as well as during some programming,” said Holly Couturier, Executive Director of Maine Principal’s Association.
There are concerns about where the money would come from. Committee members will next vote on whether the bill will move on to the full legislature.
For more information about the bill, visit the Maine State Legislature’s website.