AUGUSTA (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage is taking exception to scathing criticism directed at him by the Brunswick school superintendent in a welcome-back letter to school employees.
The Portland Press Herald quotes the letter from Superintendent Paul Perzanoski as saying an anti-bullying law passed by the Legislature this spring failed to include the governor.
The Aug. 17 letter also says LePage "needs remediation in civility, public speaking, telling the truth, diplomacy and following the law." It challenges him to take the SAT "and make the results public."
LePage spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett calls Perzanoski's comments "wildly inappropriate" and "defamatory," and says he used taxpayer dollars to personally attack the governor.
LePage, who's made education a priority issue, has recently exchanged sharply worded criticisms with the Maine School Management Association.