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 email@example.com.
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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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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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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From the Maine Department of Education
LD 131 “An Act To Amend the Laws Related to Public Funding of Charter Schools” was signed May 8, 2015 by Governor LePage. Under the new law Maine DOE will 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. The Maine DOE will provide financial relief to traditional school units since they no longer must include these payments in their annual budgets.
The new funding method will relieve the unpredictable financial impact of charters to individual (sending) districts and was overwhelmingly supported by leaders of Maine’s school districts, including the 100 or so that now have at least one student enrolled in one of the state’s five bricks-and-mortar charter schools or the virtual Maine Connections Academy. The change also allows Maine to move beyond the divisive debate about charter school funding and refocus on how to create opportunities for students to be most successful at Maine public schools, whether they be charters or traditional.
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