Education Reform in Maine is a student project that recognizes developed/developing issues in Maine’s education and communicates them to the wider public. From there, ERM identifies itself with resolving these issues with teachers, administrators, local and national senators and representatives, and other political figures to fulfill Maine’s responsibility of providing a 21st century education to all students at all levels. As of now, Education Reform in Maine is limiting its scope to only include the Auburn/Lewiston area.

Our current project

Education Reform in Maine is currently working on a project regarding student mental health in residential magnet schools, specifically the Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM). 

Adolescents at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics share a gratuitous disposition of psychological vulnerability to psychopathology and comorbidity to further disorders, a worrying prevalence of depression, and abnormally high levels of stress. Although it can be expected that a magnet school demands a strict work ethic, constant attention to detail, and the occasional late night, the upsetting reality of these deplorable mental attributes is that they can all be avoided with attention and understanding. 

Education Reform in Maine will resume its work with the new proficiency-based diploma in Maine during the fall. 

The implementation of the new proficiency-based diploma in Maine certainly illustrates a difficult transition. The drastic flaws and concerns that are unaddressed denote the elementary stages of development. The problems in the proposed legislation can be categorized into five fundamental themes: funding, time, policy and communication, student concerns, and teacher concerns. Although contrasting with each other sharply, each theme carries equal weight that must be addressed in order to institute quality 21st-century education.