The Maine State Board of Education acts in an advisory capacity to the Commissioner of Education in matters concerning state education laws and makes education policy recommendations to the legislative and executive branches of state government.
The Board's responsibilities under Maine law also include: overseeing approval of school construction projects for receipt of state funds; administering federal funds awarded to Maine for career and technical education; establishing standards for teacher certification; approving educator preparation programs; and recommending institutions of higher education for degree-granting authority.
While the State Board receives some staff support from the Maine Department of Education, it is an independent body.
Announcements & Initiatives
- Education Preparation Program Rules Up for Revision. A specially appointed task force has recommended revisions to Maine Department of Education Rule Chapter 114, which governs the standards for approval of Maine's public and private educator preparation programs.
- Strategic Plan (PDF, 83KB). The Maine State Board of Education approved a revised strategic plan on December 15, 2021, that articulates the Board's guiding principles, values and goals for 2022 to 2026.
Mission & Vision
The Maine State Board of Education has adopted the following statements to articulate its mission and vision.
Mission Statement: The mission of the Maine State Board of Education is to provide leadership and to support policy development that promotes equitable access to high-quality educational opportunities for all students in safe, healthy, and inclusive school environments.
Vision Statement: The vision of the Maine State Board of Education is that all students will receive a high-quality education leading to graduation with the skills, knowledge, and principles to be prepared for future learning, careers, and life.
Membership & Organization
The Maine State Board of Education consists of nine members appointed by the Governor along with two nonvoting student members appointed by the Governor.
The Board is organized into four committees that conduct various aspects of the Board's business.
The Maine State Board of Education generally meets monthly at the Cross State Office Building in Augusta.