Posted August 04, 2018 12:24:13 The costs of teaching and working in Maine are getting out of control, and they’re making it more difficult for many parents to afford to send their children to a school.
The education agency is facing some of the highest costs in the country for classroom supplies, classroom materials and textbooks.
In 2018, the agency spent $8.7 million on classroom supplies and $5.5 million on books.
In 2019, it spent $7.3 million and in 2020, it’s spending $6.8 million.
In 2021, the school district spent $6 million and the state spent $5 million.
The agency says it’s working on solutions to the problems but that’s not enough to offset the costs.
The state has more than $9 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, and it needs to address them, said Julie Cagle, executive director of the Maine Association of Educators, which represents teachers.
The agency also has to find the money to cover the costs of running schools and keeping them operating.
The state needs to be able to make up the difference, Cagle said.
The Maine Education Association estimates that the agency needs $5 billion over the next 20 years to cover its unfundled pension liability.
The state is trying to figure out what kind of money it needs.
If it’s a $1 billion shortfall, the state would have to find $300 million more to cover it, Cogle said.
The Education Association also estimates the agency has to pay for the cost of replacing the books and equipment.
“That’s where we’re at right now, with the current fiscal situation,” Cagle told The Associated Press.
“I’m not sure we’re there yet.
We need to get back to a funding level that will allow us to do that.”
Education is not just about learning.
It’s about keeping our kids safe, Cagnes said.
And when students are not safe, they can’t learn.
It’s not just an economic issue, Cagan said.
Schools that don’t provide safe environments for children, or have poor instructional staff, are at risk of a decline in student achievement.
Schools should have safety in mind and have safety measures in place to address any safety issues that may arise, Cagin said.
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