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Education. Jobs. Health. Poverty. Crime. Immigration. Environment. Campaigns. Rights. What does research show? Avoiding jargon, Maine’s Scholars Strategy Network explores pressing issues and democratic life.

Much work remains to end workplace harassment

Amy Blackstone, University of Maine. Originally posted in Bangor Daily News May 9, 2018. In recent months, we’ve seen extraordinary public attention focused on workplace sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women. There is good reason for the attention. An Equal Employment Opportunity Commission task force on sexual harassment reports that “anywhere from […]

Pence said Joe Arpaio champions ‘the rule of law.’ Arpaio acted like he was above the law.

Jennifer Wriggins, University of Maine School of Law. Originally posted in Bangor Daily News May 9, 2018. Vice President Mike Pence recently said that Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, was a “tireless champion of … the rule of law,” but the real champions of the rule of law are millions of […]

When Congress looks like old white men shouting, we have a problem

Shauna Shames, Rutgers University-Camden. Originally posted in Bangor Daily News February 28, 2018. The U.S. is a country of astonishing diversity, but its political leaders continue to be disproportionately older white men. Following the defeat of our nation’s first viable female presidential candidate, and with new movements — for gun control and against sexual harassment […]

On anniversary of women’s march, the need for activism remains

Kimberly Simmons, University of Southern Maine. Originally posted in Bangor Daily News January 16, 2018. In January 2017, the Women’s March held one of the largest protest events in history. Hundreds of Mainers traveled to D.C. In Portland, a crowd of 10,000 came together, while thousands more gathered in Augusta. Events occured in every major […]

Improving Teacher Certification

Flynn Ross, University of Southern Maine The Maine Department of Education and State Board of Education are reviewing changes to rules and regulations that govern all aspects of our public school systems. Currently under review, and accepting public comment until January 18, are significant changes to Teacher Certification regulations in Chapter 115. Many of these […]

Valuing diversity in Maine’s classrooms

Jordan LaBouff, University of Maine. Originally posted in Bangor Daily News January 3, 2018. Recently, the Bangor Daily News spotlighted Associated Press data showing that Maine classrooms are among the least ethnically diverse in the nation. This lack of diversity represents a serious problem for the future of the state — educationally and economically. Reactions to […]