Senator Angus King to visit Presumpscot
Senator Angus King to visit Presumpscot
Posted on 03/30/2015
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U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) will visit Casco Bay High School in the morning of Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Afterward, the senator will visit Presumpscot Elementary School, where he will join with National Board Certified Teachers and administrators for a lunch roundtable to discuss the upcoming reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the challenges and opportunities faced by the Portland Public Schools when it comes to the law.

ESEA, better known as “No Child Left Behind,” expired in 2007 and will be considered for reauthorization this spring by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The reauthorization presents an opportunity for federal legislators like Senator King to promote greater flexibility for schools in Portland and across Maine as they transition to proficiency-based learning. Senator King plans to work to recalibrate the law and eliminate its one-size-fits-all approach by restoring the longstanding roles played by state and local governments in primary and secondary education.

Prior to the lunchtime roundtable at Presumpscot, King will visit Casco Bay High School from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., where he will tour the school and meet with students and teachers to discuss Maine’s advancements in implementing proficiency-based learning.

Casco Bay High School is a Mentor school within the Expeditionary Learning Network and is recognized as a national leader in project-based learning. The school’s principal, Derek Pierce, won the Nellie Mae Foundation’s Third Annual Larry O’Toole Award last fall, which is given to a school leader who exhibits innovation in moving forward student-centered learning approaches. The award Pierce won included $100,000 that will go toward benefiting students at the school.

Angus King was sworn in on Jan. 3, 2013 as Maine’s first Independent United States senator. In 1994, Senator King was elected Maine's 72nd governor and then was re-elected in 1998.