U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe has agreed to meet with area school committee members this week.

Snowe, a Republican, will talk with Lewiston, Auburn, Poland and Sabattus education officials about federal education reforms, federal funding and the problems Maine schools are having with the No Child Left Behind Act.

The meeting comes two weeks after some Lewiston School Committee members complained that they had invited Snowe to meet with them nearly a year ago but had received little response from her staff.

After their frustrations were made public, committee Chairman James Handy said members received a “flurry of phone calls” from the senator’s office.

“She was quite apologetic for the slip-up,” said Handy. “We accept that. It certainly can happen.”

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Lewiston’s Montello Elementary School on Thursday. It’s expected to last about an hour-and-a-half.

The meeting will be open to the public, but there will be no time set aside for public comment.

Snowe will be the last of Maine’s congressional delegation to meet with the Lewiston School Committee about the No Child Left Behind Act.

Democratic Reps. Michael Michaud and Tom Allen met with the Lewiston and Auburn school committees in a public discussion in March. Republican Sen. Susan Collins had her meeting in August.


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