AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that would have provided additional training to the state's teachers, but not because he doesn't agree with the concept.
The Republican said in his veto that the bill doesn't go far enough.
The bill would have increased stipends for teachers who achieve National Board Certification and provided scholarships for teachers undertaking the costly and time-consuming process.
LePage called the bill a "Band-Aid" approach and said Maine needed "a larger more coordinated statewide solution."
The governor called on the state's largest teachers' union to do more. He said the Maine Education Association squanders attention and resources on issues unrelated to teacher development.
The executive director of the union tells the Kennebec Journal that LePage is punishing the MEA because he "disapproves of unions."
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