EDUCATION

LePage Takes Steps Toward 5-year High Schools

AUGUSTA, Maine — Following up on a campaign promise, Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday issued an order that takes a first step toward giving more Maine students the option of a five-year high school education.

The governor’s executive order will create a 19-member task force to study and set the stage for changes. The governor chooses 15 members, representing K-12 and post-secondary education, teachers and education associations. The other four members will be legislators.

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