AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Education programs that put students first was the focus of the Govenor's Conference on Education Friday in Augusta.
Hundreds of educators from across the country got a chance to hear more about education reform programs developed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and promoted nationwide by the Foundation for Excellence in Education.
Some of the programs include letter-grade rating systems for public schools, voucher programs and full-time virtual schools. The Governor says the conference is brainstorming session for educators learn new ways help students succeed.
But the president of the Maine Education System says charter schools in Maine are draining precious funds from school districts.
'The money is taken from the public schools goes into the pocket of a corporatoin or a business or some other private entity, so in Maine what we hope is to keep all the money in the public schools, said Lois Kilby-Chesley, the president of the Maine Education Association.
'Money follows kids to schools where their parents believe that is the best fit, when we do that we get a better education system,' said Jeanne Allen, a presenter and the president of the Center for Education Reform.
Educators also heard from Tony Bennter, the Commissioner of Education in Florida, a member of the Foundation for Execellence in Education, a foundation founded by former Florida Govenor, Jeb Bush.