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Maine online charter school gets 5-year renewal, with conditions
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Nov 13, 7:16 AM: The Maine Charter School Commission voted 6-1 Tuesday to renew the charter for Augusta-based Maine Virtual Academy for five years subject to conditions aimed at improving the school’s performance and organization.
Briefs submitted in Maine school choice lawsuit By Jacob Posik
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Nov 13, 5:57 AM: The Maine Heritage Policy Center and EdChoice recently filed an amicus brief in Carson et al v. Makin, a case before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit that challenges the sectarian exclusion within Maine’s >
Maine public schools, groups weigh in on lawsuit over religious school tuition
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Nov 7, 6:01 AM: Civil liberties groups, religious organizations and public school groups have filed friend-of-the-court briefs that support a decades-old state law that bars tuition reimbursement for attending religious schools.
Maine’s community colleges see enrollment grow for the first time in 5 years
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Oct 31, 7:02 AM: Maine’s community colleges have seen their enrollment grow this fall, marking the first increase in the number of students at the state’s two-year colleges since 2014.
Column: Education innovation answer to worker shortage and employment disruptions
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Oct 21, 8:44 AM: Maine employers are struggling to find workers, a situation exacerbated by the aging-out of its baby boomers and a state unemployment rate substantially below the national average.
Rural kids offered shot at free tuition
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Oct 11, 7:05 AM: The Maine Seacoast Mission recently announced the establishment of the Davis Maine Scholarship, a full, four-year scholarship for rural, first-generation college students from Washington and eastern Hancock counties.
Another View: Editorial unfair to charter schools
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Sep 27, 5:25 AM: Your editorial on Aug. 20 (“Virtual charter schools didn’t live up to the hype”) starts with a fallacy: No one ever said charter schools were going to “fix” what was wrong with public education. No one ever sold school choice as an >
School choice discussion begins in wake of enrollment shift in Portland
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Sep 25, 5:50 AM: Academics and personal preference were the top factors parents and incoming high school freshmen used this year to decide which Portland high school to attend, according to results of a survey spurred by a shift in enrollment at two >
Letter: Lifelong learning helps Maine workforce
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Sep 12, 8:13 AM: Thank you for publishing a recent article about how apprenticeship programs are growing in popularity and helping Maine employers prepare our future workforce (“Employers flock to 80-year-old apprenticeship program amid workforce >
Charter school in Unity will take final spot allowed under state law
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Sep 11, 5:02 AM: A Waldo County charter high school with an emphasis on serving rural students will be the last charter school to open under the state’s current 10-school limit on charters.
Letter: Well-run charter schools give Maine families more options
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Sep 5, 6:30 AM: Your Aug. 20 editorial, “Our View: Virtual charter schools didn’t live up to the hype,” is misinformed and misguided. When introducing public charter school options, Maine took advantage of the experience and mistakes made in other >
Letter: Well-run charter schools give Maine families more options
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Sep 3, 7:31 AM: Your Aug. 20 editorial, “Our View: Virtual charter schools didn’t live up to the hype,” is misinformed and misguided. When introducing public charter school options, Maine took advantage of the experience and mistakes made in other >
Failing to thrive?
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Aug 23, 7:07 AM: Lackluster test scores and ugly absenteeism numbers have lawmakers taking a critical look at Maine charter schools without asking schools why.
Future of Topsham-based charter school hinges on whether Maine still has an opening next year
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Aug 21, 7:31 AM: The future of a proposed charter school in Topsham depends on whether the state’s final charter school slot is still open next year.
Letter: Maine Virtual Academy has improved since release of critical report
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Aug 19, 6:55 AM: Like every public school, there is room for improvement. Working collaboratively with our authorizer, the Maine Charter School Commission, our school has a plan to achieve goals at the school level and increase individual student >
Letter: Maine media outlets overlook K-12 education
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Aug 12, 7:07 AM: Yet look for an “education” tab at the Portland Press Herald online, and you find none there. The newsroom staff directory lists news, business, sports and feature reporters, but no education reporters despite education being a >
Unity charter school could be last approved under Maine’s 10-school limit
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Aug 7, 7:18 AM: Maine's Charter School Commission votes to advance an application for the Ecology Learning Center, a high school for Waldo County students operating on the Unity College campus.
Maine’s top court says Arundel students can attend Thornton Academy Middle School
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Jul 22, 6:46 AM: The Supreme Judicial Court's ruling means RSU 21 will have to pay tuition, including $500,000 it already owes, for Arundel students to attend the private school in Saco.
Two groups apply to fill last open spot for charter school in Maine
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Jul 2, 6:44 AM: The Maine Charter School Commission expects to make a decision this fall on applications from the Ecology Learning Center and Sheffwood Academy.
Maine keeps charter school cap at 10, as states weigh impact of expansions
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Jul 1, 7:19 AM: The legislation, along with another bill limiting the number of students who can enroll at the state's two virtual charter schools, is enacted without the governor's signature.

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