Gov. LePage signs order separating schools and feds

3:44 PM, Sep 4, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The executive order signed by Gov. Paul LePage to ensure that Maine schools maintain local control also reaffirms that a student's personal information like religion can't be shared with the federal government.

The Republican governor signed the order on Wednesday in light of concerns about new educational benchmarks in reading, writing and math. 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 learning standards.

Opponents to the Common Core State standards recently kicked off a campaign to repeal them in Maine through a ballot referendum.

Opponents say the standards strip decision making abilities from schools. But education officials say the standards are merely goals and districts will continue to make curriculum decisions.

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