50 Maine Seeds address challenges facing state's education system
PORTLAND | Fifty high school student leaders from 13 schools across the state met March 8 to find solutions to challenges facing Maine’s education system as part of the Seeds of Peace Maine Youth Summit on Education in Portland.
Delegates included first generation Americans, multi-generational Mainers, and immigrants—all members of Seeds of Peace. They spent several months examining Maine’s school standards, resources for students with learning disabilities, ELL programs, and the economics of public education.
Sen. Susan Collins addressed the Summit by video. “I can assure you that education leaders and policymakers will read your report with great interest and appreciation,” she said.
“You are making a difference that will benefit the young people of Maine for years to come. Making a difference is what Seeds of Peace is all about.”
Edie Smith, State Director for Sen. Angus King, and Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler joined the Seeds, high school principals, and superintendents at the Summit. Other state and local leaders participated on panels addressing various aspects of the education system.