Title

"Cover Story" piece on the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf on Mackworth Isla

Authors

Lael Morgan

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

2-17-2000

Pages

10-13, 1

Abstract

"Cover Story" piece on the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf on Mackworth Island in Falmouth, the state's only residential program for deaf and hearing impaired students, which is wracked with problems. Enrollment at the school has been steadily declining, from 193 students in 1971 to just 53 students from kindergarten through high school today. The school also serves 426 students through outreach and distance learning programs. According to a legislative report, it costs $50,870 per year to educate each student at Baxter, but only $2,882 per student for the state outreach program. Annual state funding for Baxter amounts to $4.7 million for 479 students. The rest of Maine's hearing-disabled population, just over 101,000, gets just $2.6 million. With a brief history of the school, a summary of the debate focusing on its teaching methods, and a review of proposed solutions.

Subjects

Deaf, Governor Baxter State School for the Deaf -- Falmouth

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