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Resigning Maine Education Chief Touts Reforms
09/11/2013 02:31 PM ET  

Outgoing Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen has clashed with Democrats and teachers' unions on charter schools and the A through F grading system for schools.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine's schools chief says the administration will continue implementing the sweeping education policy changes he brought to the state after his departure.

Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen is stepping down this week to take a post a national education nonprofit organization.

Bowen told The Associated Press on Wednesday that while some of his proposals have been controversial, he believes that Maine's education system is headed in the right direction. Bowen has clashed with Democrats and teachers' unions on charter schools and the A through F grading system for schools.

Bowen says he doesn't expect the administration to introduce many new education policies next session. He says the department is now focused on working to implement and improve policies already in place, like the teacher evaluation bill passed in 2012.



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