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Fight over state funding for religious schools heads to federal appeals court
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Jun 28, 5:17 AM: A lawsuit over public funding for Maine religious schools is headed for a federal appeals court in Boston.
Federal judge upholds Maine law, bars state funding to pay for religious schools
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Jun 27, 8:27 AM: A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that state education money cannot pay for religious schools in communities without state-funded schools of their own. But the judge, in sidestepping the arguments at hand, admitted that the case >
Attorneys argue over Maine ban on public funding of religious schools
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Jun 25, 4:59 AM:
The lawsuit questions why districts can pay tuition to outside public and private schools, but are barred from paying public funding to religious schools.
 
Topsham group applying for state’s final charter school spot
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Jun 18, 6:31 AM: A proposed Topsham-area public charter school vying for the last open slot in the state would focus on arts and technology if its plan is approved by the Maine Charter School Commission.
Don’t cap Maine’s charter schools
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Jun 13, 5:39 AM: As we approach the ten-year anniversary of Maine’s historic public charter school system, there is much to celebrate about how the expansion of educational choice has benefited Maine’s families, students, and >
Maine Community College System president: Governor’s bond package needed to boost Maine economy
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Jun 12, 7:17 AM: Education and focused training are key to closing the workforce development gap.
Justice Department backs parents suing Maine over tuition for religious schools
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Jun 12, 5:07 AM: The U.S. Department of Justice has thrown its support behind a small group of Maine parents who have filed a federal lawsuit seeking reimbursement for their children’s religious school tuition.
Why some students and educators aren’t happy with how Maine dumped an online learning program
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May 8, 6:51 AM: The administration of Gov. Janet Mills recently said it will end a small program that provides free, universal access to online Advanced Placement classes particularly valuable for high school students who want to attend >
What makes the Maine School of Science and Mathematics Maine the No. 2 high school in the nation?
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May 6, 7:45 AM: But those metrics don’t fully capture what makes the school so successful. The success comes from its students, a diverse group from all over the state (and some from outside the state). Most are among the brightest students in >
Commentary: Keep public school options open for Maine children
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May 1, 6:52 AM: Maine’s public charter schools now serve 2,500 children from 289 towns, who have chosen to attend. Many more children are on waiting lists if space becomes available.
Commentary: Keep public school options open for Maine children
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May 1, 5:37 AM: Two bills in the Legislature would limit public school options for Maine children. L.D. 307 and L.D. 513 both seek to cap, prematurely and permanently, seven years of dedicated volunteer efforts by education professionals to create >
Letter: Online learning key to helping grow skilled Maine workforce
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Apr 30, 6:52 AM: Re: ” ‘Access is the thing’: Online learning really clicks with students in Maine” (April 7, Page A1. Thank you for shining a spotlight on the growing opportunities for Mainers to participate in online college classes and degree >
Commentary: Is online learning the future of higher education?
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Apr 29, 6:56 AM: Societal transitions are sometimes uncomfortable, especially for people who can’t or won’t adapt. But I am encouraged by the transition to online learning. It offers more choices, more scheduling flexibility, saves money, and there >
How Maine Democrats aim to clamp down on charter schools
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Apr 18, 6:52 AM: Lawmakers on Tuesday voted on three charter school regulation bills that, while inconsequential in the immediate future, signal building momentum among Democrats in the Legislature to tighten the standards on Maine’s charter school >
Maine’s universities, long shrinking, have traded places with community colleges
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Apr 15, 6:11 AM: Enrollment at Maine’s seven community colleges has been declining since 2011, after almost a decade of steady growth. The state university system, meanwhile, saw its total enrollment increase this past fall for the second time since >
Opinion: Efforts to undermine public charter schools only hurt Maine students
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Apr 9, 5:20 AM: A lawmaker from Portland appears to have a personal vendetta against public charter schools. Rep. Michael Brennan is sponsoring a pair of troublesome bills this session that aim to hurt charter schools and the students who receive >
Online learning clicks with University of Maine System students
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Apr 8, 7:28 AM: Online education is seen as a priority in Maine, where there are widespread workforce shortages, a large percentage of adults with college credits but no degree and shrinking demographics that are eroding traditional college student >
Maine Lawmakers Consider Charter School Bills
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Apr 8, 7:02 AM: Maine could increase or limit the number of charter schools in the state under new bills. Lawmakers are set to hold hearings on at least three bills addressing charter schools on Monday.
Letter: Expand opportunities at Maine online schools
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Mar 20, 6:04 AM: Our daughter graduated from MCA last year. While in her senior year of high school, she was able to do live-in care for an older friend who had fallen from her roof. Our daughter was able to continue her schooling, participate in >
Commentary: Don’t make it harder to access Maine’s popular charter schools
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Mar 11, 7:13 AM: Despite their success in Maine and across the country, elected officials continue to attack the remarkable progress of public charter schools, and Maine is no exception.

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