Maine's GOP-controlled Senate upholds LePage veto of bill requiring new science standards

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AUGUSTA, Maine — The Republican-controlled Maine Senate has upheld Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill that would require the state to adopt new science standards.

Thursday's 19-15 vote was short of the two-thirds support needed to override a veto. The bill is now dead.

Democratic Rep. Mick Devin's bill would have required the Maine Department of Education to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. House Democrats said the new standards would put a stronger emphasis on engineering, among other things.

LePage said in his veto message that adopting the new standards would be "significant, time consuming work" for schools and the bill doesn't provide any additional funding for that effort. He said it would place an additional burden on schools already dealing with many issues.

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