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AUGUSTA, Maine — In a rare close vote that did not fall along party lines, the Maine House on Wednesday rejected a bill to require school districts across the state to move toward a standards-based education model. The bill, LD 1422, An Act to Prepare Maine People for the Future Economy, was discussed at length, amended considerably and then approved unanimously several weeks ago by the Education Committee. However, in recent weeks support for the measure weakened as lawmakers learned more about what it does. On Wednesday, the bill generated significant House debate from all sides before the 76-67 vote. Since the bill had a mandate preamble, it needed two-thirds support in the House and therefore failed. It now goes to the Senate. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)