Alfond Foundation grants $500M to Maine higher ed and research institutions

A prominent Maine philanthropic organization said Tuesday that it is granting more than $500 million to “high-performing” institutions that it said will help build Maine’s future.

The Harold Alfond Foundation said the grants, which range from $5 million to $240 million, will be given to innovative higher education and research organizations that can help create jobs, educate and build skills.

“Our state faces unprecedented challenges,” said Greg Powell, chair of the Harold Alfond Foundation. “In the face of these challenges, we still see a bright, prosperous future for the people of Maine.”

Gov. Janet Mills said the investment will “fuel new opportunities for Maine people and diversify and expand our economy at a critical moment in our state’s history.” The institutions that will receive the grants will support the goals of Maine’s 10-year economic development plan.

The grant recipients are the new Roux Institute at Northeastern University in Portland, the

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Debate emerges over $500M education bill; some fear it may lead to full-fledged school vouchers in Pa.

With about $1 billion of unspent federal CARES Act funding sitting on the table, Pennsylvania policymakers have offered up a variety of ways to spend it from small business assistance to mortgage and rental assistance.



a room filled with furniture and a table: The Senate Education Committee on Monday will hold a hearing on a bill that would create education savings accounts that provide families with $1,000 per school-age child to pay for resources, including private school tuition, to help them recover educational losses for when schools were closed last spring due to the pandemic. The proposal is controversial because critics see it as leading the way for a full-fledged school voucher program.nAug


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The Senate Education Committee on Monday will hold a hearing on a bill that would create education savings accounts that provide families with $1,000 per school-age child to pay for resources, including private school tuition, to help them recover educational losses for when schools were closed last spring due to the pandemic. The proposal is controversial because critics see it as leading the way for a full-fledged school voucher program.nAug

But none of the proposals are more controversial than one being floated that has some believing it could be the lead-up to a full-fledged school voucher program.

The Senate Education Committee on Monday is holding an 11 a.m.

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