Maine Gov. Paul LePage criticized traditional education while unveiling a new vocational school, describing classroom teachers as “a dime a dozen.”
The Republican governor made the comments this month at a company-workforce-development center, called the Cianbro Institute. The new center in Pittsfield offers classes such as shop and home economics.
LePage said mentoring offered at the center will be “more than just teaching out of a book.”
Lois Kilby-Chesley, the president of Maine’s largest teachers’ union, said she disagrees with the governor’s “dime-a-dozen” statement, especially since Maine is struggling to fill teaching positions.
A version of this article appeared in the August 30, 2017 edition of Education Week as Unveiling New School, Maine’s Governor Labels Teachers ‘A Dime a Dozen’