Commission issues first request for charter school proposals

The following is a news release from the Maine Charter School Commission.

AUGUSTA – The Maine Charter School Commission announced Tuesday it will accept applications from potential charter school operators who hope to open schools for the 2012-13 school year.

The Commission, a seven-member body that can authorize up to 10 public charter schools statewide over the next decade, published a request for charter school proposals and an application that potential charter school operators must complete in order to open a school for the 2012-13 school year.

The request for proposals and application are available on the Commission website, at

“I look forward to reviewing exciting proposals for educating Maine’s students in new and creative ways,” said James Banks, Sr., the Charter School Commission chairman. “This Commission will make sure that any charter school that gets the green light is equipped to prepare our students for college, careers and civic life.”

Charter schools are public schools of choice that have more flexibility than traditional public schools over decisions concerning curriculum and instruction, scheduling, staffing and finance. However, they are accountable to the terms of the contracts, or charters, that authorize their existence and the academic standards to which all other public schools are accountable.

The Maine Charter School Commission is considered an “authorizer” under Maine’s public charter school law. Local school boards can authorize additional public charter schools.

The Commission expects to issue a second request for charter school proposals in late August for schools that will open in 2013-14.

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