Latest Report Released: How is Public Education Funded in Maine?
October 16, 2020
Maybe you know a little about how funding is determined for Maine's public schools, or maybe you know nothing at all - yet. With an election right around the corner, Educate Maine and the Maine State Chamber of Commerce have teamed up again to share important information about school funding that will be useful to incoming legislators, school board members, educators, parents, and citizens.
Our latest report gives an overview of how public education is funded in Maine. This is an update to the well-received publication in 2017 of the same name. It provides a brief history of school funding and details how much money is spent, by whom, and how this is decided. The report covers early education through postsecondary education.
The decisions about how (and how much) Maine funds public education is foundational to achieving fairness and providing equitable opportunities to our citizens. This is crucial in order to meet MaineSpark's state-adopted attainment goal: by 2025, 60% of Mainers will hold education and workforce credentials that position Maine and its families for success.
The policy brief series is brought to you through a partnership between Educate Maine and the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and through the generous support of the John T. Gorman Foundation and Nellie Mae Education Foundation.
You can read the report here.
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