By Virginia M. Wright
Photographed by Mark Fleming
With 162,807 jobs, Education and Health Services support more than one-third of all occupations in the state. On the healthcare side, practitioners such as doctors, dentists, veterinarians, and nurses account for 20 percent of the total. Teachers make up the biggest share of this industry, about 25 percent of its occupations.
There is a student at the state’s first charter school, who arrived on opening day in October with a daunting reputation: Her behavior was such that she would need an adult with her at all times, teachers at her former high school warned. “We weren’t sure we could meet her needs for that kind of one-on-one,” says Emanuel Pariser, co-director of education and developer of the academic program at the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences in Hinckley. “But as a public school, we have to take everyone who applies.”