"Cover Story" piece on the Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) in Lim


Meg Haskell


Maine Times




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"Cover Story" piece on the Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) in Limestone, which is the state's first and only magnet school. MSSM opened its doors in 1995, with 136 students from half the high schools in Maine, and its success is hard to deny. According to a recent Maine Times survey, more than half of Maine residents support specialized educational programming and would like to see more magnet schools. But Gov. Angus King and the Department of Education aren't enthusiastic about the idea. King opposed the idea in 1994 and though he feels the school has been successful, he doesn't want to see it used as a model for other specialized programs. His major concerns revolve around two issues: the state's education budget, and a concern that 16-year-olds might not be ready to make life decisions. But he is also concerned about the schools that these kids leave, because he feels those schools are diminished when a pool of bright kids leaves to attend a specialized school. With an account of the author's recent tour of MSSM and interviews with faculty members and students.


Magnet schools, Maine School of Science & Mathematics

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