Sen. Gratwick receives perfect score on education record

Posted: July 17, 2018 | Senator Gratwick

AUGUSTA — Sen. Geoff Gratwick, D-Bangor, earned a 100 percent rating from the Maine Education Association for his voting record on education issues during the second regular session of the 128th Legislature.

“I am proud of my record in Augusta supporting our teachers who work hard every day to lay the foundation for a promising future for Maine’s students,” said Sen. Gratwick. “There is always more work to do, and I remain committed to supporting educators and students in the future.”

The Maine Education Association is an organization representing 24,000 Maine teachers and is dedicated to supporting policies and laws to improve public education.

This year, Sen. Gratwick supported two successful bills to protect the health and safety of school children. The first bill, LD 1710, restored state funding for school-based health centers, which the Department of Health and Human Services unexpectedly cut last summer.  The second bill, LD 1858, makes technical changes to the School Revolving Renovation Fund to prioritize essential upgrades for school security systems. Both these bills provide Maine schools with the resources necessary to best meet the needs of their students from funding school safety upgrades to proper physical and mental health care.

Gratwick also fought to protect Maine students and their families from predatory student loan companies, who make it impossible to pay off student debt and get ahead. While LD 1507 initially passed both the House and the Senate, the governor unfortunately vetoed the bill. Another bill that failed to become law because of the governor’s veto was LD 40, to ensure drinking water in all Maine schools is safe from lead and other harmful elements.

Sen. Gratwick is serving his third term in the Legislature representing Senate District 9, which includes the city of Bangor and the town of Hermon.