The Maine education commissioner, Steve Bowen, says his department is working to absorb midyear federal education cuts at the state level to minimize the effect for local school districts. About $600,000 in cuts to special education will be absorbed by the state, Bowen said, while another $700,000 in cuts to Title I programs will be passed on to school districts. "The real concern is what happens next, how much more of this," he added. "I think we have done all we can to try and absorb these cuts at the department level."
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