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 … Continue reading Public Charter School applications open through June 14

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 … Continue reading Maine Charter School Commission seeking candidates for a new member

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. Students shared their experiences from studying at the Maine Connections Academy, Harpswell Coastal Academy, Baxter Academy, and Cornville Regional … Continue reading National School Choice Week brings charter school students to Augusta

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. The November 17 approval authorizes the independent Commission to enter into contract negotiations with Acadia Academy and Snow … Continue reading Charter Commission approves Acadia Academy and Snow Pond Arts Academy

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. Earlier today, review team members presented their recommendations on the four applications to the Maine … Continue reading Charter Commission advances two applications, schedules public hearings

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. … Continue reading Acting Education Commissioner to visit Baxter Academy Friday

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. … Continue reading LePage Administration proposes public charter school funding fix