Monday, April 20, 2015: Ebola and Maine's Brand, Protect Public Lands, Better Science Education

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Monday, April 20, 2015: Ebola and Maine's Brand, Protect Public Lands, Better Science Education


Preserve Social Security benefits

There is good news for those having Social Security benefits reduced by the Windfall Elimination Provision, or WEP, and the Government Pension Offset, or GPO. Two bills are filed in the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 973 -- filed by Reps. Rodney Davis, R- Illinois, and Adam Schiff, D-California -- calls for the full repeal of the windfall and offset provisions.

Contact Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King to ask them to support the filing of a Senate version of H.R. 973.

There also is H.R. 711 -- filed by Reps. Richie Neal, D- Massachusetts, and Kevin Brady, R-Texas -- that would repeal only WEP and is considered a "compromise proposal." It is deemed cost neutral and supported by the Social Security Administration because they said it does not add to the federal deficit or require a penny of new tax money. If this bill is passed, the Social Security benefit formula should be reworked to more accurately reflect present and future retirees' work history.

Contact Reps. Bruce Poliquin and Chellie Pingree about both bills. Also suggest Collins and King support filing a Senate version of H.R. 711. If our senators and representatives decide to support H.R.711 instead of H.R. 973, then there also should be bills filed this congressional session to repeal GPO.

Emphasize how these provisions unfairly reduce or even eliminate hard-earned Social Security benefits. These laws are not applied in all 50 states, which also is unjust. Emphasize things should be changed for retirees already having Social Security benefits reduced or eliminated, as well as for future retirees.

Karen E. Holmes

Cooper

Science standards needed

There are two bills before the Legislature regarding adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards in Maine's system of learning results and assessment. LD 464 and 567 have widespread support among educators and the scientific community, but the Maine Department of Education is not actively supporting NGSS adoption reportedly because of Gov. Paul LePage's opposition to the inclusion of evolution and climate change in the standards.

Maine's version of learning results for science are outdated and not up to the task of preparing students for the level of scientific literacy required for an educated society nor for preparing them for college and careers in STEM fields. Maine was one of 26 lead state partners in developing NGSS and provided leadership to the standards writing team. Other initiatives, such as the DOE's Statewide Strategic Plan for STEM and the Maine Governor's Academy for STEM Education Leadership, recognize the importance of modern, rigorous science standards for our students. Science teachers statewide have put in many hours aligning curricula and assessments to the NGSS as we prepare for proficiency-based education and a standards-based diploma as required by Maine law.

Abandoning the NGSS would devalue much of the work done by Maine educators, result in an inferior education for our students and limit our ability as a state to prepare for high-wage, high-growth employment in STEM fields. I urge our legislators and the governor to support the bills that would enact the Next Generation Science Standards into our system of Maine's Learning Results. …

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