An anonymous donor paid for every Portland student to attend the symphony. Here’s what the children said

The headline above is a bit misleading. The anonymous donor actually agreed to pay for every Portland Public Schools student to attend the Portland Museum of Art and performances by Portland Stage and Portland Ovations, in addition to the Portland Symphony Orchestra. But the headline is pretty long as it is, so we just used […]

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Portland schools working to keep innovative ‘Culture Club’ arts program

Local school and arts organization leaders are in fundraising mode to save a unique 4-year old program that aims to send every Portland public school student to multiple cultural events in the city each year. Culture Club-Portland is intended to allow each of the city’s roughly 7,000 students to attend programs at four participating arts […]

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How private funding can change the way we think about public education

For decades — and still today — public schools in Maine have been funded overwhelmingly through property tax revenues and state educational subsidies. But those funding sources are under constant pressure from taxpayers and lawmakers seeking to trim budgets and save money. The draft Portland Public Schools budget for fiscal year 2017, for instance, factored […]

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February 3rd – Meet & Greet Event

Please join us on February 3rd! The Board of Directors of the Portland Education Foundation invite you to a Meet & Greet Event Wednesday, February 3rd from 5pm-6:30pm Rines Auditorium – Portland Public Library 5 Monument Square Your Hosts Mary Bennett Mike Bove Ed Bryan Jessica Burton Jeanne Crocker Erin Macey Sue Olafsen Josh Rent […]

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Superintendent’s Notebook: Creating a community that embraces the arts

I have a “secret” to share: Culture Club Portland, a unique collaboration with our city’s cultural institutions to bring the arts to all Portland Public Schools’ students, is so successful it’s worthy of national replication. But before that happens, I want to make sure everyone in Portland knows about Culture Club Portland. The program, generously […]