Don’t misuse standardized tests — lest they become meaningless

Flynn Ross, University of Southern Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on February 17, 2015. Standardized student achievement tests could help us identify and reward good teachers and get rid of bad teachers, right? This is what the U.S. Department of Education is purporting for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education […]

Bruce Poliquin has a chance to make his mark, emulate Maine’s environmental heroes

Sharon Tisher, University of Maine, and Peter Mills, Maine Turnpike Authority Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on December 23, 2014. One year ago, we proposed on these pages that Maine’s congressional delegation take bipartisan action on climate change. This would continue Maine’s long history as a leader in shaping environmental policy. Under the […]

The invisible racism: What critics of the Ferguson protests are missing

Michael Rocque, Bates College Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on December 23, 2104. In the United States, formal and informal institutions have been in place to control black bodies since before the nation’s founding. It began with slavery, followed with Jim Crow legal segregation, and has been replaced, some argue, with the criminal […]

It’s time for a serious transportation policy for Maine’s older, disabled adults

Lenard Kaye, University of Maine, and David Wihry, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on December 9, 2014. If you called any of Maine’s five Area Agencies on Aging that serve older adults and ask them what needs their clients face that are particularly difficult to fulfill, one word will come […]

Same bills, one-third of the income: A Maine husband’s death and the loss of 3 income sources

Sandy Butler, University of Maine, and Luisa Deprez, University of Southern Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on November 28, 2014. Lisa and James met working on the railroad. After retiring more than a decade ago, they lived comfortably in a big house in small-town Maine thanks to the pension benefits their railroad […]

Time is running short: We can build political will for a climate-protecting carbon fee

Michael Howard, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on November 25, 2014. The U.S.-China deal on carbon emissions reached earlier this month is good news, even though the emission reductions are not nearly enough to preserve a stable climate. The deal calls for the U.S. to reduce its emissions by 26 percent by […]