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Maine’s first virtual charter school gets 5-year renewal
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Nov 7, 8:19 AM: The Maine Charter School Commission unanimously approved a five-year charter renewal for Maine’s first virtual charter school on Tuesday, but denied the school’s request to expand into additional grades and lift its enrollment >
Maine’s first virtual charter school up for state renewal
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Nov 6, 7:13 AM: Maine Connections Academy, which serves 429 students, wants to expand its enrollment cap and add two new grades, subject to approval by the state charter school commission.
Maine’s first virtual charter school up for state renewal
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Nov 5, 7:01 AM: Maine’s first virtual charter school is undergoing its first comprehensive evaluation as it seeks to renew its state charter, five years after it launched amid concerns around local schools’ independence from national companies >
Snow days in Maine could soon be a thing of the past
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Oct 25, 5:49 AM: School officials in the Five Town Community School District and School Administration District 28, a combined district in Knox County that shares a central administration, are putting forth a pilot project this year that will >
Court rules Arundel students have choice to attend TAMS
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Oct 12, 5:12 AM: Middle school students who live in Arundel will have the choice to attend Thornton Academy Middle School at the expense of RSU 21 after a York County Superior Court judge ruled in a lawsuit filed over two years ago by a group of >
Opinion: Maine is wrong to withhold tuition from parents who send kids to religious schools
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Sep 7, 4:36 AM:

It is time for Maine to correct a nearly 40-year-old mistake and allow parents to once again use public tuition dollars at any qualified school.

Families’ lawsuit challenges Maine law against public funding for religious schools
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Aug 22, 4:43 AM: Three families are suing the commissioner of the Maine Department of Education over the state law that bars tuition reimbursements for religious schools.
Skowhegan downtown charter school pays off town loans, applies for another
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Aug 15, 5:19 AM: Travis Works, executive director of the Cornville Regional Charter School, said the town's revolving loan for $100,000 has been paid in full, just in time for him to apply for another $100,000 from the revolving loan fund.
Risk-taking motivates Portland charter school's new leader
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Aug 7, 5:03 AM: Showing what STEM-focused education can become is a key goal for Angela Atkinson Duina, the new principal of faculty and instruction at the Baxter Academy for Technology and Science.
When a rural Maine school closes, it’s more than just students who are affected
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Jul 13, 5:52 AM: As Maine’s population has grown older, the number of school-aged children has declined, forcing some communities to close schools that have been social anchors for years. One recent school closure may serve to reflect the challenges >
Maine Girls’ Academy says it’s $250,000 in debt but supporters still aim to keep it open
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Jul 11, 5:13 AM: Maine Girls’ Academy officials told supporters that the recently closed school is $250,000 in debt and any effort to reopen it would be “starting from scratch,” according to supporters who met with school officials at a private >
Legislators vote to eliminate Maine’s mandate for proficiency-based education
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Jun 28, 6:58 AM: Six years after Maine became one of the first few states to adopt new high school graduation standards, lawmakers are poised to roll back those requirements by allowing school districts to decide whether to issue proficiency-based >
Challenges facing rural schools addressed at Waterville conference
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Jun 28, 4:53 AM:

The increasing growth of racially and ethnically diverse populations in rural places in Maine and beyond will keep these communities and their schools growing and thriving for decades to come. That growth also presents a danger of >

Changing demographics seen urgent threat to rural schools
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Jun 28, 4:42 AM: Bates College professor Mara Tieken told a conference Wednesday that the increasing growth of racially and ethnically diverse populations in rural places in Maine and beyond will keep these communities and their schools growing and >
New program has teachers making house calls to Maine students suffering from anxiety
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Jun 4, 6:59 AM: More high school students in Maine are graduating today as compared to 5 or 10 years ago, but many are still being left behind — some are teen parents, others have been bullied, have experienced trauma or struggle with anxiety. One >
Neighboring communities will vote on Maine town’s bid to limit school choice
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May 18, 4:44 AM: The town of Alna’s petition to amend the Regional School Unit 12 reorganization plan to restrict K-8 school choice will go to voters in the district’s seven towns June 12.
School choice change faces next step April 12
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Apr 12, 4:52 AM: As proposed, Alna's publicly funded K-8 private school choice would not be an option for children who become Alna residents after this June 30. Alna's Ralph Hilton petitioned for the local question residents passed, 258-161, March >
School choice costs spark turmoil in small Maine town
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Mar 8, 6:00 AM: For more than a century, Maine has offered its own version of “school choice” called “town tuitioning.” If a student lives in a district without a public school at a certain grade level, the town and district will pay a specific >
‘Not your grandfather’s vocational school’
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Feb 27, 6:30 AM: But for some who are interested in what the COT has to offer it’s often the parents who are the stumbling block. Some parents, Bonneau said, don’t think the technology center is appropriate for their college-bound child or their >
Charter schools in Maine: How a virtual academy works
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Feb 26, 7:05 AM: Maine Virtual Academy is one of nine state-approved, publicly funded charter schools in Maine, and one of two online schools in the state.

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