Sen. Maxmin receives perfect score on education voting record
AUGUSTA — Sen. Chloe Maxmin, D-Nobleboro, earned a 100 percent rating from the Maine Education Association for her voting record on legislation to support students, teachers, and families. Sen. Maxmin is one of 19 state senators to earn a perfect score for their 2022 voting record from MEA.
“Maine’s educators dedicate untold amounts of their time and energy to Maine’s young people, helping them develop into the future leaders our state needs,” said Sen. Maxmin. “For many teachers and school staff, the past couple years have been the most challenging of their careers, and they need our support. I’m grateful that my colleagues and I were able to pass good policy this session that gives students and teachers the tools they need to thrive.”
This year, Sen. Maxmin voted to continue funding free, universal school meals, fully fund education at 55 percent, invest in career and technical education, and provide two years of free community college for Maine high school graduates from the graduating classes of 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023. In addition, she supported the creation of an Education Rainy Day Fund to ensure the state is able to continue funding K-12 public education at the 55 percent threshold. Last year marked the first time in the state’s history that the Legislature met the threshold mandated by Maine voters at the ballot box in 2004. This fund will ensure the Legislature fulfills its obligation and will alleviate the burden that often falls on property taxpayers.
Sen. Maxmin also voted in favor of bills to expand family and medical leave protections for hourly school employees and ensure that teachers can take time off for COVID-19 related illness even if they don’t have accrued leave.
MEA represents 24,000 Maine teachers and advocates for policies and investments that ensure that educators’ voices, values and priorities are heard and respected both in the workplace and at the State House.
The 2022 Maine legislative scorecard from MEA can be found here.