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Maine Senate supports Miramant bill to increase school funding

Jun 10, 2021

Augusta — The Senate passed a bill from Sen. David Miramant, D-Camden, Monday, June 7 that would require the State of Maine to meet its 55 percent contribution requirement to schools. LD 1114, “An Act To Require the State To Meet the Mandatory 55 Percent Contribution to Schools,” received unanimous, bipartisan support.

LD 1114 would increase the state’s share of funding for essential services and programs and public schools to 55%. In 2003, Maine voters passed a citizen referendum that required the state to pay for 55% of the costs of operating public schools in order to reduce property taxes. Under a supplemental budget proposal from Gov. Janet Mills introduced in May, the state’s contribution to K-12 public education would reach the 55% threshold in state law for the first time in many years.

The Maine Principals’ Association; Maine Municipal Association; Maine School Boards Association; Maine School Superintendents Association and the Maine Education Association all testified in support of this bill.

LD 1114 faces further votes in the Legislature.




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Comments (1)
Posted by: Gerald A Weinand | Jun 10, 2021 15:41

It is very important to note that the 55% figure regards the total of all public school funding statewide, but that each district receives different amounts based on a formula that has as assessed value of real estate and enrollment trends as its two main components. Also, the subsidy goes to each individual town, not the district as a whole (some towns don't receive any subsidy).

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