This report has been prepared at the request of the Maine State Legislature. It is an attempt to define and quantify the resources that are necessary for each child in Maine to meet the standards set by the Learning Results. The recommendations provide an adequate and equitable amount of resources. The committee has defined "essential programs" to be the eight content areas of the Learning Results. The essential services are all those resources that would be required for each child to meet the standards.
The services deemed necessary for all students to achieve the Learning Results standards are categorized as follows: A) School Personnel B) Supplies and Equipment C) Resources for Specialized Student Populations D) Specialized Services E) District Services F) School Level Adjustments
A financial model was developed which contained the amount of resources necessary for each item under each of these categories.
Essential Programs and Services: Equity and Adequacy in Funding to Improve Learning for All Children. (1999). Augusta, ME: Maine State Board of Education, Maine Department of Education.