AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Governor Paul LePage has signed an executive order designed to ensure that Maine schools maintain local control in light of concerns about new educational benchmarks in reading, writing and math.
The Republican governor signed the order on Wednesday. It says that future decisions to adopt state educational standards must be done through a transparent process and reaffirms that the federal government cannot set Maine’s learning standards.
The order is aimed at sending a message to opponents of the Common Core State Standards, adopted by 45 states. Opponents recently kicked off a campaign to repeal them in Maine through a ballot referendum.