Are Maine charter schools under attack?
Over 35 bills have been proposed in the legislature this spring,
and many may have negative impacts on charter schools.
On April 1, the Education Committee held hearings on four bills
the charter school approval process and funding.
MACS held a rally and press conference beforehand, to call
attention to these bills and their dire effects if passed.
Governor LePage, after meeting in his office with students from
the two operating charter schools, spoke briefly in support of
charter school options for children at the press conference.
Founder of MeANS, Glenn Cummings, Harpswell parent and school
board chair Joe Grady, and Cornville student Thalia Barden spoke
of their respective schools and their fear of having the schools
closed because of the bills.
The rally/press conference was a great success, with supporters
filling the Welcome Center at the State House to capacity.
Press coverage was excellent also.