Charter Pulse

Selected readings on US charter schools

Maine bill would have state fund charter schools directly

Charter school budgets would receive money directly from the state, rather than from districts that send students to those schools, under a bill endorsed unanimously Wednesday by lawmakers on the … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Applicant numbers for central Maine’s charter schools growing fast

Openings at Maine Academy of Natural Sciences and Cornville Regional Elementary School are being filled through a lottery this year and administrators are considering classroom expansions. A few years ago, … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

MAINE: Virtual charter schools seen as a real solution for certain students

WEST GARDINER — Promotional materials for Maine’s first virtual charter school could do worse than to feature Karinna Dawbin’s children. If Maine Connections Academy opens this fall, a lot of … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

MAINE: Bill would alter payments for virtual Maine charter schools

AUGUSTA — A legislator says the state shouldn’t pay as much for online students because the true cost is likely lower. Charter school advocates and the Maine Department of Education are opposing … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

MAINE: Education committee approves moratorium on virtual charter schools

AUGUSTA – The Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee approved legislation Wednesday that would impose a moratorium on virtual charter schools in Maine while state officials and educators come up … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Two Maine virtual charter school applications gain initial commission approval

AUGUSTA, Maine — Two proposals that could become Maine’s first virtual charter schools were among three applications that the Maine Charter School Commission voted to move forward Thursday. The commission rejected … Continue reading

January 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

MAINE: Charter school debate continues as Maine commission turns attention to online offerings

AUGUSTA, Maine — For years, 14-year-old Riley Deraps of South Portland felt like the public school system had him stuck on a track to somewhere he didn’t want to go. … Continue reading

January 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

MAINE: State gives high marks to Portland charter school

PORTLAND — A charter school that opened this fall in the city is as “good as it gets,” according to a 90-day review from the state’s Charter School Commission. Baxter … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

For first academic year, MAINE’s two charter schools receive high marks

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s first two charter schools sailed through their first-annual monitoring reviews by the Maine Charter School Commission with no major problems. However, as with virtually any school, … Continue reading

November 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

MAINE: Harpswell charter school aims for unique culture

HARPSWELL — The Harpswell Coastal Academy students on Monday had just finished watching “No Impact Man,” a documentary about an urban family that went a year without using electricity and … Continue reading

September 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

MAINE Charter Schools Claim Success With Special Ed Students

How Maine’s three newest charter schools do with special needs students will be a key part of the overall evaluations they get from the state commission monitoring their progress. Nationwide, … Continue reading

September 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Seven charter schools apply for five available slots in MAINE

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Charter School Commission has received notices that seven organizations intend to apply to open new public charter schools in the fall of 2014. The applications … Continue reading

September 12, 2013 · Leave a comment


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