“This will not improve schools at all. It proves poor counties, poor communities can’t do as well at wealthier more affluent communities,” said Daniel Lee, Superintendent of the Brewer School Department.
Lee is the Superintendent of Schools in Brewer. Two of his school’s received a “C” based on Governor LePage’s new public school grading plan.
But Lee doesn’t believe it’s a reflection on the students. “You’re going to see a disproportionate sore of lower scores above Augusta than you will below Augusta that’s related to social economic state.”
“The wider context of education in Maine is that resources are very tight,” said Mel MacKay, Head of School at John Bapst Memorial High School.
John Bapst in Bangor is happy with their A grade, but the Head of School said many districts already know where they stand when it comes to academics.
MacKay said, “There’s a fundamental question and it’s a life question, not just a school question, about motivation and in this case, negative motivation.”
Meanwhile, Woodland Junior Senior High School has some mixed feelings on the report.
The Junior High was awarded an A, while the High School received an F.
Normally this wouldn’t seem too odd, but in Baileyville, 7th through 12th grade are in the same building, with the same teachers and resources.
Superintendent of the Baileyville School Department, Barry McLaughlin, said “We’re very proud of our schools, our students, and our staff, always have been. This doesn’t change any of that. We do recognize there are some challenges.”
LePage said the report card makes schools more transparent and he plans to save $3 million to help the schools with poor grades get the resources they need.