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Maine Panel OKs State's 1st Virtual Charter School

Associated Press (03/03/14)

On March 3, the Maine Charter Commission approved the state's first virtual charter school, a move that was applauded by State Education Commissioner Jim Rier. "Maine must continue to develop educational options that inspire kids and both traditional and public charter schools play an important role in that,'" Rier said. "More good public school choices mean more chances for Maine kids to get a great education." The commission voted in favor of the state commencing contract negotiations with the Maine Connections Academy to open this fall for up to 300 students, but state lawmakers are considering a bill that would impose a moratorium on virtual charter schools until 2015 while a state-run cyber academy is established. However, Gov. Paul LePage, who supports charter schools, likely will veto the measure.
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