Six testify at charter schools rule hearing

The Maine Department of Education held a public hearing on Nov. 22 to receive public comment on its proposed rule chapter governing public charter schools.

Six people testified at Tuesday’s hearing. Several of those who spoke raised a concern that, as written, the rule would make it difficult for any charter school to accept students in time for a September 2012 opening.

The Department will review those and all comments from the hearing, as well as those the Department receives in writing, before submitting a final proposed rule to the Secretary of State.

Since Rule Chapter 140 is a major substantive rule, it will go before the full Legislature before final adoption.

The Department of Education will accept comments on the proposed rule until Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. Comments can be sent via email to Deborah Friedman, director of Policy and Programs, at

The proposed rule is available for review at

Maine’s law allowing public charter schools took effect Sept. 28, 2011.

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