Who We Are

Maine Coalition to Save Schools was created in September 2007 for the purpose of initiating a petition drive for a citizen's initiative to repeal the Maine School District Consolidation Law.

The organizer of this group is Lawrence (Skip) Greenlaw from Stonington, Maine. Skip is a former Legislator and has been in public service to education as a member of the Deer Isle/Stonington School Board for over 20 years.

We are registered as a Political Action Committee with the State of Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. You may view all the information in our required reports including information on fundraising and expenditures at http://www.mainecampaignfinance.com/public/report_list.asp?TYPE=PAC&ID=3526

  Our members and supporters include:
  • Over 500 Maine citizens who collected signatures.
  • 58,193 Maine voters who signed the petitions.
  • Maine Legislators who voted to repeal this law. In 2008, prior to the completed petition drive, the House voted for repeal 73-59 and the Senate was tied 17-17. When the citizen initiated request for repeal was presented in 2009, these bodies voted 74-69 (House) and 19-16 (Senate) against repeal and in favor of putting the question out for public referendum. This time both the Senate President and the Speaker of the House supported repeal.
  • The Green Independent Party of Maine
  • Educators and parents throughout the State who are committed to educational excellence.
  • The overwhelming majority of school board members, representing the statewide Delegate Assembly of Maine School Management Association, who voted in two consecutive years for a resolution in support of repeal.
  • Selectmen and school board members throughout the state who have supported resolutions to vote down their towns' reorganization plans, as well as voting for resolutions to repeal this law.
  • Everyone who gave time and funds to support this effort.
  • 126 Maine towns that voted down their towns proposed reorganization plans.
  • 88,916 Maine voters who voted against their towns' proposed reorganization plans.