Augusta School Department Superintendent Cornelia Brown said Wednesday that she applauded scathing comments made by Brunswick Superintendent Paul Perzanoski aimed at Gov. Paul LePage and state education efforts.

“I applaud Superintendent Perzanoksi’s strong remarks,” Brown wrote in an email. “They certainly are on-point. We have excellent educators in the Augusta School Department who’ve shown they can improve student achievement year after year.”

Brown, in an apparent reference to LePage’s recent statement that Maine students are looked down upon by out-of-state colleges, said the 2012 valedictorian from Cony High School is going to Harvard University, and Ivy League students have accepted Cony graduates for decades.

As to LePage’s push for school choice, Brown said it is a taxation issue because communities pay different rates to support schools.

If you are going to “truly level the playing field, property taxes shouldn’t figure so prominently into the ability of a community to educate its children,” Brown wrote.


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