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 […]

No savings, no retirement, no relief: The plight of so many low-wage workers

Mary Gatta, University of New York – Stella and Charles Guttman Community College. Luisa Deprez, University of Southern Maine. Originally posted in Bangor Daily News December 20, 2017. The most recent U.S. Census reports that nearly 20 percent of Maine’s population is over 65 years of age and 23 percent are between the ages of 50 […]

Environmental protection is really public health protection

Travis Wagner, University of Southern Maine. Originally posted in Bangor Daily News December 6, 2017. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is a public health agency. There are many examples of the EPA’s accomplishments in improving public health. Two examples are the massive municipal infrastructure investments to eliminate the discharge of raw sewage and industrial wastewater into […]

The hurtful racial truth about criminal justice in the US

Steven Barkan, University of Maine. Originally posted in Bangor Daily News November 8, 2017. Sometimes the truth hurts. One truth many Americans don’t want to face is racial and ethnic injustice in our criminal justice system. Kneeling athletes and the Black Lives Matter movement have been reminding us of this problem, but too many Americans refuse […]

There’s a growing gap between Republicans and Democrats on helping needy

Sandra Butler, University of Maine. Originally posted in Bangor Daily News October 25, 2017. Our attitudes toward providing assistance to vulnerable individuals and families through government safety net programs arise from our core values. New research shows that we, as represented by our two major political parties, increasingly disagree on what those values are. A recent […]