Charter Schools - Expanding Maine's
Public Education Options
Maine's first virtual charter school will open next
September for students statewide in grades 7 to 12!
Its charter was approved unanimously by
Maine's Charter School Commission on Monday, March 3.
Click here for MCA's website
LD 1736 - The Maine House voted in favor of LD 1736
on Tuesday, Feb. 25: 91 for, 54 against, with 6 absent. This
bill would impose a moratorium on virtual charter schools until
the state developed an online program if its own.
Here for more information on LD 1736
LD 1671 - This bill
seeks to re-write Maine's charter school law for virtual schools.
At its public hearing on Monday, Feb. 24, its sponsor amended much
of the bill by removing elements already in Maine's law. The
Maine Teachers Association testified for the bill, and many
others, including MACS, testified against.
Click Here for LD 1617 text
A Senate Vote is
expected soon on LD 1736 - a bill to Stop Virtual Charter Schools
Here for more information
Call or email your
representatives in Augusta to voice your objection!
January 27 - Maine Charter School
Day at the
State House "Hall of Flags"
Representatives from Maine's
operating charter schools, new charter school applicants, MACS,
and supportive organizations set up displays and networked with
February 3 - "Waiting for Superman"
showing at the
Rockland Public Library
MACS and StudentsFirst
held a free screening of this powerful film
about urban public charter schools followed by a discussion of critical issues
facing public education in the mid-coast area.
Click here to read MACS' December Newsletter
2014 Application Cycle Update
On December 3 the Maine Charter School
Commission declared applications complete for the four groups
wishing to open a public charter school in September 2014.
Commission's Review Teams then screened the applications for
content, and interviewed the board of directors of each group
to judge their ability and readiness to open and operate a
successful charter schools.
January 30 the
Review Teams reported their findings and made a recommendation
to the full Commission as to which groups should move forward to the next
phase in the process. The full Commission then voted to hold public interviews and hearings
for Maine Virtual Academy, Maine Connections Academy, and
Lewiston-Auburn Academy Charter School.
The public interviews and hearings were held the first week
in February, and the Review Teams will make their final
recommendations to the full Commission at its meeting on March 3.
At that time the Commission is expected to vote on which groups
will be awarded a charter to open next fall.
Federal Charter Schools Funds
Flow to Maine
The U.S. Department of Education
has Awarded Charter School Grants to Maine's first two charter
late September, the U.S. Department of Education announced the
award of 16 grants to new or recently opened charter schools.
Of the sixteen three-year grants awarded nationally, two were for
Cornville Regional Charter School ($242.439 in year 1) and for the
Maine Academy of Natural Sciences ($189,834 in year 1).
The grants are for planning, program design, and initial
implementation of new charter schools, as well as for
dissemination and sharing best practices of existing charter
3 + 2 = 5
Three new public charter schools
opened in Maine this September, joining two that opened last fall.
their founding groups, boards of directors, staff, students, and
parents for the extraordinary commitment they have made to provide
these exciting new educational options for Maine children!
Please visit the school websites to learn about their innovative
Maine’s first two charters
start their 2nd year:
MeANS is a year-round school,
and celebrated the success of its first ten graduating students on
This year, Maine has
about 400 students from over 50 school districts enrolled in a
public charter school of their choice.
All five chartered schools are authorized by Maine's Charter
School Commission with a 5-year contract that details their
educational program, governance, school operations, and the
multiple measures needed to demonstrate their success.
Maine's 2014 2nd
Legislative Session has begun. Are Maine's public charter schools
still under attack?
Over 35 bills
were proposed in the legislature last session
that could have had negative impacts on charter schools.
Most died in the Education Committee or in the House or the
Senate. Thankfully, those that were passed were vetoed by
Governor LePage, who strongly supports public charter schools.
Four bills were "carried over" to the Legislature's second session
which began January 8. More bills have been proposed that
will effect charter schools.
Click below to Read
Nathan's Weekly Newspaper Column in the Minnesota Press.
Documents from the Center for School Change
Links to Other Maine Charter School Websites:
Maine Department of Education - Charter Schools
Maine Charter School Commission
for MACS' Summary of the "rules" and "amendments"
passed by Maine's Legislature as LD 1762 and LD 1783.
MMaine's Law is Ranked #2 in the
National Alliance for Public
See the Link, Top
Click to Download & Read:
MACS' Tri-fold Brochure
MACS' Booklet Brochure
in Charter School Funding
A report just released by
Ball State University details an average 19.2 percent disparity in
funding between charter and other public schools – a gap that
grows to more than 27 percent in 40 cities where most charters are
Click Here for the full report
Free to Lead:
Autonomy in Highly
Successful Charter Schools
Alliance for Public Charter Schools' "issue brief" identifies
seven distinct ways autonomy impacts operational and academic
performance at five highly successful charter schools.
Click Here to Read More
To learn about charter schools, please
check out our links top left.
For news of our recent past,
To Contact MACS: email@example.com
Twice as many registered voters favor charter schools as oppose them. The more people learn about charter schools, the more they like them.
Source: State of the Charter School Movement 2005