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Trump administration expected to spur creation of more Maine charter schools
Dec 27, 6:28 AM: President-elect Donald Trump’s Nov. 23 nomination of billionaire philanthropist and charter school advocate Betsy DeVos to head the federal Education Department was greeted with consternation by champions of traditional >
How Trump’s agenda will start showing up in Maine classrooms
Dec 20, 8:12 AM: President-elect Donald Trump has provided few details about his education policy goals but has made it clear that he intends to make changes in wide swaths that would have significant ramifications in Maine. >
Flourishing and evolving, Good Will-Hinckley marks 5 years as charter school
Dec 19, 7:42 AM: Maine Academy of Natural Sciences student Laykenn Kurtzer works Wednesday in one of the Fairfield school greenhouses where produce is grown to later be consumed at the school.
Cornville charter school wins state approval for pre-K, high school expansion
Dec 7, 7:32 AM: The Maine Charter Commission on Tuesday gave a green light to pre-kindergarten and high school programs, both to be located in Skowhegan, for the Cornville Regional Charter School.
LePage makes move to keep his pick in charge of education department
Nov 22, 7:34 AM: Gov. Paul LePage is again bypassing the traditional legislative confirmation process in naming a new leader for the Department of Education.
Panel urged to boost state funding for school districts with disadvantaged students
Nov 1, 5:54 AM: The education finance reform commission should consider increasing state funding for school districts with large numbers of disadvantaged students and getting money faster to schools that add pre-kindergarten programs, >
State’s last charter school slot to remain vacant as applicant withdraws
Oct 21, 6:25 AM: A nonprofit that works with teens at risk of not making it through high school has withdrawn its application to fill the state’s last open charter school slot.
Alternative school drops bid to be new charter school
Oct 20, 6:01 AM: The leaders of an alternative school for pregnant teens and high school dropouts say they are ending their efforts to become a public charter school in Maine next fall, according to a letter sent to the Maine Charter >
Maine's Virtual Charter Schools Begin to Smooth Out Some of the Bumps in Year Two
Oct 20, 5:59 AM: Across the state, about 800 middle and high school students wake up every morning, log on to their computers, and take all of their classes completely online. They’re enrolled in to Maine’s two virtual charter schools. >
Two Maine charter schools get strong support for renewal
Oct 19, 7:15 AM: Dozens of students, parents and other supporters of Maine’s first two charter schools urged state officials Tuesday to renew the charters of the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences in Hinckley and the Cornville Regional >
Lewiston decides not to pursue charter school
Oct 18, 5:49 AM: Citing worries about lack of control, the Lewiston School Committee voted unanimously Monday night to reject considering a public charter school as a way to get an alternative school.
Alternative school’s application still alive after Maine charter commission splits vote
Oct 5, 5:47 AM:

An alternative school for pregnant teens and high school dropouts is one step closer to opening as a public charter school in Maine next fall, even though a state education review team recommended against it.

Gov. Paul LePage wants to shift education funding to local districts
Oct 5, 5:26 AM: LePage has long lamented the number of superintendents in Maine and pointed to other states like Florida, a much more populous state that has far few superintendents, as examples of what Maine’s public school >
Maine at-risk youth agency applies to become state charter school
Sep 2, 6:21 AM: A nonprofit that works with youth at risk of not making it through high school has applied to fill the last open charter school slot in the state.
Maine’s virtual schools attracting more students
Sep 1, 5:45 AM: Maine Connections Academy, the state’s first virtual charter school, has swelled to 429 students to start the school’s third year. Based in South Portland, it serves students in seventh through 12th grade scattered in >
Three groups interested in last charter school slot in Maine
Jun 17, 7:27 AM: Tuesday was the deadline to file a letter of intent with the Maine Charter School Commission for anyone interested in opening a charter school in Maine for the 2017-18 school year.
Superintendent touts school choice
May 9, 5:25 AM: If a Bar Harbor family wants to send their children to Mount Desert Elementary School, it shouldn’t take an act of Congress – or even special permission from the superintendent of schools – for that to happen, according to >
Pryor takes reins at Portland charter school
May 3, 5:42 AM:

Kelli Pryor, who was the founding board chairwoman of Baxter Academy, was named executive director last week. She succeeds Carl Stasio, who resigned in March to work more extensively on his accreditation work, according >

LePage leaves school reform group as Eves calls for sanctions
Apr 27, 5:36 AM: Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday that he will withdraw the executive branch completely from participating in a commission aimed at reforming Maine’s public schools funding formula because he is “fed up” with media coverage of >
What LePage’s school reform group discussed in private
Apr 26, 5:13 AM: Gov. Paul LePage and his education chief want every student in Maine to reach grade-level proficiency in reading by third grade, according to an attendee of a new task force that met behind closed doors Monday morning at >



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