Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed educational reforms would create a five-year high school curriculum.

Not only would graduates of this program receive a high school diploma but also a 2-year associate’s degree or two years of transferable college credit.

Maybe I’m missing something or my math is rusty, but since when does adding one year of education equate to two year’s worth of credit? Either the college-level curriculum will be watered down, basic high school math and English courses will be cut short, or the poor kids will be taking eight to 10 courses at a time.

This “4 + 1 = 6” reasoning seems to be typical of the LePage administration’s approach to reform.

Chris Brinegar

New Portland

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