Category Archives: Charter School Commission

Public Charter School applications open through June 14

The Maine Charter School issued the following Request for Proposal last week.

The Maine Charter School Commission, “the Commission,” is currently soliciting the development of public charter school applications throughout the State of Maine. The Commission is seeking detailed applications, fully addressing the key issues, from capable school developers who are committed to educating their students well in a successful, sustainable, high quality charter school. With a May 31, 2016, RFP issue date, the approved school is to open September 2017.

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Maine Charter School Commission seeking candidates for a new member

The Maine Charter School Commission consists of seven members appointed by the Maine State Board of Education. The Commission has begun a search to fill a vacancy for the unexpired term May 2016 – June 2018. Upon successful completion of the term, the member will be eligible to seek his/her own three year term.

The Maine State Charter School Commission’s mission is to provide thoughtful stewardship in authorizing and monitoring public charter schools consistent with State statutes to create unique, high-quality learning options for Maine students.

The Commission seeks candidates, who share in this mission. The Commission is particularly looking for a new member who has the following qualities:

  • The willingness and availability to be a hands-on, working Commission member;
  • A commitment to attend Commission meetings in Augusta (i.e.: 1-day per month for the Commission’s regular business meeting; Monitoring Process, RFP Development, RFP-Application Reviews, Public Interviews and Public Hearings, Site Visits, and Working with the Legislature);
  • Availability to work with staff in Augusta with the development of related documents;
  • Experience in a non-Charter Public School;
  • Experience in diverse professional settings.

Persons interested in serving on the Commission should mail or hand deliver a letter of interest and a current resume to:

Maine Charter School Commission

182 State House Station

Augusta ME 04333-0182

Located at 111 Sewall Street 5th floor, Augusta.

In the letter, applicants should describe how their experience and strengths will match the need for the open position on the Maine Charter School Commission. The position will be filled once a suitable candidate is identified.

Read more about Maine’s Charter Schools and the Maine Charter School Commission.

For questions, contact Executive Director of the Maine State Charter Commission Bob Kautz at 592-8352 or


National School Choice Week brings charter school students to Augusta

Maine Charter Schools Day was recognized last month in the State House Hall of Flags. The day was full of various activities, among them students speaking before the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs.

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Charter Commission approves Acadia Academy and Snow Pond Arts Academy

The Maine Charter School Commission voted to approve two additional charter schools, which could begin serving students in the fall of 2016.

AUGUSTA – The Maine Charter School Commission approved the applications of two additional public charter schools.

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Charter Commission advances two applications, schedules public hearings

Two charter school applications, Acadia Academy and Snow Pond Arts Academy, are moving forward.

AUGUSTA – On Oct. 26, the public will have the opportunity to weigh-in on two public charter schools proposed to open in Maine the fall of 2016.

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Acting Education Commissioner to visit Baxter Academy Friday

The visit marks the first by a Maine Education Commissioner to one of the state’s six new public charter schools

PORTLAND – Maine’s Acting Education Commissioner Tom Desjardin will visit the Baxter Academy for Technology & Science on Friday to see how the innovative new public school is engaging its students through hands-on group learning.

The visit marks the first time a sitting education commissioner has toured a Maine public charter school since Governor Paul R. LePage signed legislation making Maine the 41st state to allow public charters and expanded the opportunity Maine students have to attend the school that is in their best interest. Continue reading

LePage Administration proposes public charter school funding fix

The LePage Administration is proposing legislation that would have the Maine DOE make monthly payments directly to approved public charter schools starting in FY16, the same way the Department has long distributed funds to traditional public school districts. Currently, districts that lose students to public charter schools are billed directly by the receiving charter school.

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Charter Commission approves Maine Virtual Academy

AUGUSTA – The Maine Charter School Commission has voted to enter into contract negotiations with the backers of what will be the state’s second virtual public charter school. Continue reading

Commissioner’s Update – November 6, 2014

From Maine Education Commissioner Jim Rier

Career and technical education (CTE) plays a critical role in strengthening the college and career readiness of our students and the economic future of our state.

At 27 centers across Maine, CTE educators are engaging and exciting our students with relevant, hands-on learning experiences. Through rigorous, standards-based programming that always has the student and their post-secondary goals at the center, these important teachers are helping students develop the academic and technical skills they’ll need for success in the 21st century. Like all Maine educators, they deserve our thanks for inspiring students and helping them to realize their potential.

In particular, I’d like to recognize Stanley Sluzenski and Suzanne M. Hall, two excellent educators who reflect the professionalism and commitment to students that is necessary and now commonplace in our CTE centers.

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MEA science testing window extended, will better accommodate AP students

The science portion of the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) will be administered to all students in grades five and eight and to those in their third year of high school during a three-week window from May 4 to May 22. | More

Revised National Board certification process for teachers

Over the years Maine has built an important cohort of National Board certified educators. Created for teachers, by teachers, National Board Certification is a voluntary, performance-based, peer-review process. | More

Resource available for elementary school principals

The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) has released a new resource for elementary school principals. | More

Maine DOE provides PD program for arts educators

The Maine DOE is inviting arts educators to participate in a professional development program. | More

Maine DOE offers HIV prevention educator trainings

Two HIV prevention educator trainings are scheduled in December as a result of funding provided by the passage of LD1699. | More

Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey registration open

The Maine DOE, in collaboration with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, is encouraging public schools to register for the 2015 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS). | More

District academic staff evaluation survey data due

The new Maine DOE NEO EDFacts School Academic Staff Evaluation Survey (formerly the MEDMS Educator Quality and Effectiveness EQE survey) is scheduled for initial rollout. | More

Department school nutrition team provides reminders to districts

Numbers in the National School Lunch Program are collected every November when a district files its October claim information. | More

Maine DOE learning technology staff attend SETDA leadership summit

Members of the Maine DOE Learning Through Technology Team recently returned from the annual State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) leadership summit. | More

Native American history and culture essay contest call for entries

In an effort to enhance Maine Native American Studies lessons, the Secretary of State is sponsoring an essay contest. | More

Register for Schools, Technology and the Law seminar to be held Nov. 14

Registration is open for “Schools, Technology and the Law” seminar hosted by Drummond Woodsum at the Augusta Civic Center on Nov. 14. | More

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Commissioner’s Update – October 23, 2014

From Maine Education Commissioner Jim Rier

Last week, some Maine educators traveled to Dallas, Texas to participate in an assessment conference. Given the national attention currently on that city because of the three confirmed cases of Ebola there, some have raised concerns in the districts these educators are returning to.

We all share a commitment to the health and safety of everyone in our school communities. While it is important we always take precautions to protect ourselves and our students from infectious diseases, it is also important to make sure communications by officials and the media increases awareness rather than anxiety.

As your Commissioner of Education, I’ve been hesitant to reach out to you about Ebola because I did not want my doing so to create more concern about a disease for which Maine has had no reported cases or contacts. However, because of the multiple inquiries our Department has received from school leaders, I did want to provide some basic information from our State and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that will hopefully help you communicate more effectively with parents and the public.

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Reminder to superintendents of surveys due

Two surveys that will greatly inform the work of the Commission to Strengthen the Adequacy and Equity of Certain Cost Components of the School Funding Formula are due. | More

Maine DOE offers strategies to help ELLs demonstrate proficiency

All students in Maine, including English language learners, will need to demonstrate proficiency of both State learning standards and the Guiding Principles in order to graduate beginning in 2018. | More

Governor LePage and First Lady to host 4th Annual Blaine House Food Drive

The First Family invites the public to visit the Blaine House once again this year in an effort to help fellow Mainers who are less fortunate. | More

Notice of proposed rule changes to Chapter 13

The Maine DOE and the State Board of Education are proposing changes this fall to the rules regarding the qualifying examinations for credentialing purposes for teachers, educational specialists and administrators. | More

Maine DOE showcases student artwork

The work of student artists from three Maine schools will be displayed at the Maine DOE’s office in Augusta throughout the coming year. | More

Maine celebrates Farm to School with local Harvest Week menu contest

Maine schools showed culinary creativity in their entries to the state’s inaugural Harvest Lunch Week menu contest, sponsored by the Maine DOE. | More

Community spirit awards open to grades 5 through 12

Maine students in grades 5-12 who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service in the past year are invited to apply for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award| More

Scholarship opportunity for Maine students

Maine students are invited to apply for the 2015 Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Program.  | More

Educator resources available through The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe News in Education (NIE) program is offering access to educational resources free of charge to Maine teachers and their students in grades K-12. | More

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow call for submissions

Maine middle and high schools are invited to enter the annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest for a chance to win a share of $2 million in technology and prizes for their school. | More

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