Robbie Feinberg

Education News Producer

Robbie grew up in New Hampshire, but has since written stories for radio stations from Washington, DC, to a fishing village in Alaska. Robbie graduated from the University of Maryland and got his start in public radio at the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Before arriving at Maine Public Radio, he worked in the Midwest, where he covered everything from beer to migrant labor for public radio station WMUK in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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It’s been more than a dozen years since the state launched the Maine Learning Technology Initiative — a program to put a laptop in the hands of every 7th and 8th grader across the state. The program has since expanded to high schoolers. And in 2013, it moved beyond laptops to touch-screen iPads. But now, some school districts say the iPad approach has led to software glitches, frustrated teachers and distracted students. As a result, some schools are switching back to laptops.

BANGOR, Maine - Students at Husson University can now use new personal safety devices to call police faster in emergencies, such as medical crises and sexual assaults.

The new devices, called POM - or "peace of mind" - can attach to a keychain and connect wirelessly with a smartphone. The college says by just hitting a button, the device will call campus security and reveal the student's location.

Embattled SAD 6 Superintendent Frank Sherburne resigned Monday night after weeks of heavy criticism over apparent nepotism violations.

For weeks, parents in Maine School Administrative District 6 have been clamoring for Sherburne to leave his post. It all started earlier this month, when Sherburne’s son — who was hired as an education technician within the district — was convicted of sexually assaulting a teenager in another district.

LEWISTON, Maine - Portland voters yesterday approved a new $104 million budget for the city's schools. The new budget will raise taxes by about 2 percent, but school officials say it was necessary after the city lost about $1.4 million in funding from the state.

Anna Trevorrow is the Finance Committee chair for the Portland Board of Public Education. She says the city had to find a few cuts to make up for the lost dollars.  But she says the city still made some investments, such as adding another Pre-K classroom and boosting staff to help homeless students.

A parent in Maine School Administrative District 6 has filed a formal complaint with the state Department of Education after the local school board declined to discipline the district’s superintendent for violating the district’s nepotism policies.

Earlier this week, the school board ruled that District Superintendent Frank Sherburne violated those policies by hiring his son, Zachariah, without state approval, proper credentials or a background check. That came out after Sherburne’s son was charged last week with sexually assaulting a student in another district.

LEWISTON, Maine - Husson University says a record number of incoming students are planning to attend the Bangor school this fall.

The private university announced today that it received more than 2,700 applications for its fall 2016 class - a 16 percent increase from last year's class.

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