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National Charter Schools Week – Maine has joined the movement
In 2011, Maine joined 40 other states in allowing public charter school options for families of all income levels. On May 1, 2012, the Maine Charter School Commission issued its first application package for potential founders of these new public education options, which are free to parents and open to all children without admissions tests.
The Maine Association for Charter Schools (MACS) will celebrate the great work accomplished by public charter schools across the country, where over 5,000 public chartered schools are serving 1.8 million students. With the strong support of President Obama and strong bipartisan support in Congress, there is a lot to be excited about this year.
Take part in National Charter Schools Week 2012 and help to:
- Increase awareness that charter schools are public schools dedicated to improving our state’s public education system.
- Advocate for a more favorable policy environment for charter schools.
- Support the pioneering founders and authorizers of public charter schools in Maine.
Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen issued the following statement Tuesday in response to the Maine Charter School Commission’s announcement that it is accepting applications from potential charter school operators:
This is an important step toward creating more educational options that work for our families and kids. Maine’s new charter school law is one of the valuable tools available to us as we work to make sure our state’s education system meets the individual needs of each student. Gov. LePage, working with legislators, has made giving choice to families and students a cornerstone of his education agenda.
MACS volunteers have been working since 1993 to bring the potential of the public charter school model to Maine. MACS is Maine's Charter School Support Organization (CSO), and one of the lessons learned in 40 other states is the vital importance of a strong CSO. As Maine implements its new law, MACS is assisting Maine's Department of Education, State Board of Education, new Charter School Commission, local school districts, and potential charter school founders.
Maine Association for Charter Schools