(AP) — A state commission is figuring out how to reform Maine's formula for funding public education and improve student performance.

The commission will meet Nov. 28 in Augusta as it prepares a report for lawmakers due in January.

In past meetings, commissioners have discussed using a statewide, regional or county-level teacher contract, and reducing the amount of records needed to be kept by teachers.


The commissioners include legislators, teachers, higher education administrators and superintendents. In past meeting they have noted Maine has below average compensation for teachers, particularly in the state's poorest schools and counties.

School funding inequities exist statewide, and commissioners have discussed creating incentives for teaching in rural areas.

A new law created the commission and allocated additional funding for local schools.