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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 >
Schools partner to offer blended learning program
Apr 22, 7:38 AM: Blended learning is a research-proven strategy that combines traditional teaching methods with the delivery of content and material via digital and online media. The pace and application of the material is adjusted on a >
Arundel parents, Thornton Academy sue over school choice
Apr 13, 5:05 AM: Nearly two dozen Arundel parents and Thornton Academy have filed suit against RSU 21 over a policy change that requires Arundel middle school students to attend the Middle School of the Kennebunks starting in 2017. >
School choice dispute leads to lawsuit in York County
Apr 8, 5:04 AM: Thornton Academy in Saco and the parents of at least 12 students from Arundel have sued Regional School Unit 21, arguing that the Kennebunk-based district has illegally deprived Arundel students of their right to attend >
RSU 18, Snow Pond charter school negotiate agreement to share services
Mar 8, 7:58 AM: School district officials in Oakland are negotiating a memorandum of understanding to provide transportation and food services for the nearby Sidney school slated to open in the fall.
Special Ed students thriving in charter schools
Mar 3, 7:22 AM: A couple of years after being approved by lawmakers, a little more than 1,500 students are enrolled in Maine's public charter schools. The majority of the schools have waiting lists for students who want an alternative >
Charter commission approves new Lewiston-Auburn school
Mar 2, 6:01 AM: State charter school officials approved the latest charter school on Tuesday, launching Acadia Academy, a new school in the Lewiston-Auburn area, to open this fall for up to 128 pre-K to 2nd graders.
Contract approved for performing-arts charter school in Sidney
Feb 3, 5:59 AM: The group responsible for oversight of Maine’s charter schools unanimously approved on Tuesday a contract for a new, performing arts-focused school based in Sidney.
Charter School Supporters Rally in Augusta
Jan 26, 7:24 AM: Supporters of school choice held rallies across the nation today. The gatherings, marking the kickoff of National School Choice Week, included an afternoon event at the state capitol in Augusta.
Virtual charter school in Maine struggling to retain students
Jan 7, 6:28 AM: The state’s newest virtual charter school is struggling to keep students in its debut year, with a quarter of those enrolled withdrawing since online classes started in September 2015.
Maine Virtual Academy charter school says 25 percent of its students withdrew since it opened this fall
Jan 6, 6:55 AM: Maine’s newest charter school, Maine Virtual Academy, has seen 25 percent of its student body withdraw from the school since it opened this fall and continues to have a high number of “truants” who are not logging on >
Maine looks to capitalize on education power shift
Dec 21, 6:06 AM: After years of crafting Maine education policy to meet strict federal rules under No Child Left Behind, state education officials are digging into the details of the new federal education law that reverts much of the >



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