Maine Policy Minute

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Twenty-First-Century Language Education at the University of Maine: A Road Map

(Two-Minute Read) Policy in Brief: Gisela Hoecherl-Alden, assistant dean and director of language instruction at Boston University, argues that UMaine needs to adapt one of the language education models that other universities have successfully implemented if it wants to remain an important regional player and attract high-performing students who are interested in global professional issues. […]

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Local Politics from Away

(90-Second Read) Title: The Margaret Chase Smith Essay: Local Politics from Away Policy in Brief: Matthew Bourque, a political science and social studies education double major at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, reflects upon the uniqueness of Maine politics. He argues that despite the national political scene entering an era of divisive politics, characterized by […]

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The Independent Party Panacea?

(Three-minute read) Policy in Brief: Daniel M. Shea, professor of government at Colby College, argues that despite the enthusiasm towards third-party candidates running for president in 2020, that departing from the two-party system will only lead to disappointment, gridlock and frustration, and an increasing crisis of legitimacy in American politics. Fascinating Features: Historically, great change […]

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What Is “Too Cold”? Recess and Physical Education Weather Policies in Maine Elementary Schools

(Two-minute read) Policy in Brief: Researchers investigated weather policies concerning outdoor recess and physical education in Maine. They gathered data through a statewide survey of Maine elementary school principals, interviews, and an analysis of existing school administrative regulations. This information, combined with a decade of historic weather data, revealed a significant correlation between geographic location and […]

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Reflections: Looking at Maine’s Recurring Issues

(Three-Minute Read) The summer 2019 issue of Maine Policy Review once again brings insightful articles about Maine’s pressing policy concerns. Within its pages readers learn about Tourism in “Reshaping Maine Woods Destinations for Twenty-First Century Tourists“ Postsecondary Language Education in “Twenty-First Century Language Education at the University of Maine: A Road Map“ Elementary education weather policies […]

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Maine Policy Minute: Volume 28, Number 1

(Three-Minute Read) Policy in Brief: In this issue of Maine Policy Review, authors provided insights into pressing concerns for Maine’s policymakers, business leaders, educators, and citizens. They highlight research regarding critical challenges faced by Maine—and the nation—in industry, workforce, health, education, and politics. This “Maine Policy Minute” provides a synopsis of the authors and arguments […]

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Maine’s Workforce Challenges in an Age of Artificial Intelligence

(Two-Minute Read) Policy in Brief: Joseph W. McDonnell, professor of public policy and management at the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine, argues that Maine needs to upgrade workforce skills through training programs for workers and revamped postsecondary education programs. With the economic changes wrought by artificial intelligence, the relationship between government, employers, […]

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Toward a Working-Waterfront Ethic: Preserving Access to Maine’s Coastal Economy, Heritage and Local Seafood

(Two-Minute Read) Policy in Brief: Robert Snyder, the executive vice-president of the Island Institute, highlights how Maine created a working-waterfront ethnic that is spreading throughout coastal communities in the U.S. through the adoption of single and multi-generation policies that aim to ensure there will always be access points for fisherfolk to harvest from the sea. […]

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Gun Control: State Versus Federal Regulation of Firearms

(Two-Minute Read) Policy in Brief: Attorney, and President of Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence, William S. Harwood closely examines the complexities of whether or not firearms are best controlled by state or federal governments. He argues that a cooperative approach, where the federal government creates uniform regulations and sets a minimum baseline for gun control […]

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Top 10 Health Issues Faced by Maine People

(90-Second Read) Policy in Brief: Maine’s Bureau of Health Director, Dr. Dora Mills, argues that more proactive policies at the local, state, and national levels, and changes to our surrounding environments, can greatly alleviate the top health issues faced by Maine’s people. Fascinating Features:The 10 Health Issues Faced by Maine People Access to Health Care […]

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