Charter Schools - Expanding Maine's
Public Education Options
Federal Charter Schools Funds
Flow to Maine
The U.S. Department of Education
has Awarded Charter School Grants to Maine's first two charter
late September, the U.S. Department of Education announced the
award of 16 grants to new or recently opened charter schools.
Of the sixteen three-year grants awarded nationally, two were for
Cornville Regional Charter School ($242.439 in year 1) and for the
Maine Academy of Natural Sciences ($189,834 in year 1).
The grants are for planning, program design, and initial
implementation of new charter schools, as well as for
dissemination and sharing best practices of existing charter
3 + 2 = 5
Three new public charter schools
opened in Maine this September, joining two that opened last fall.
their founding groups, boards of directors, staff, students, and
parents for the extraordinary commitment they have made to provide
these exciting new educational options for Maine children!
Please visit the school websites to learn about their innovative
Maine’s first two charters
start their 2nd year:
MeANS is a year-round school,
and celebrated the success of its first ten graduating students on
This September, Maine will have
about 400 students from over 50 school districts enrolled in a
public charter school of their choice.
All five chartered schools are authorized by Maine's Charter
School Commission with a 5-year contract that details their
educational program, governance, school operations, and the
multiple measures needed to demonstrate their success.
2014 Application Cycle Begins
The Maine Charter School
Commission has announced a new application cycle for groups
wishing to open a public charter school in September 2014.
The new “Request for Proposals” is available on the Commission's
"Letters of Intent"
are required and due Tuesday, September 3rd if a group wishes to
submit an application. Complete applications are due December 2nd.
Are Maine's public charter schools under attack?
Over 35 bills
were proposed in the legislature last session
that could have had negative impacts on charter schools.
Most died in the Education Committee or in the House or the
Senate. Thankfully, those that were passed were vetoed by
Governor LePage, who strongly supports public charter schools.
Four bills were "carried over" to the legislature's second session
which begins in January 2014. So stay tuned!
Click below to Read
Nathan's Weekly Newspaper Column in the Minnesota Press.
Documents from the Center for School Change
Links to Other Maine Charter School Websites:
Maine Department of Education - Charter Schools
Maine Charter School Commission
for MACS' Summary of the "rules" and "amendments"
passed by Maine's Legislature as LD 1762 and LD 1783.
MMaine's Law is Ranked #2 in the
National Alliance for Public
See the Link, Top
Click to Download & Read:
MACS' Tri-fold Brochure
MACS' Booklet Brochure
in Charter School Funding
A report just released by
Ball State University details an average 19.2 percent disparity in
funding between charter and other public schools – a gap that
grows to more than 27 percent in 40 cities where most charters are
Click Here for the full report
Free to Lead:
Autonomy in Highly
Successful Charter Schools
Alliance for Public Charter Schools' "issue brief" identifies
seven distinct ways autonomy impacts operational and academic
performance at five highly successful charter schools.
Click Here to Read More
To learn about charter schools, please
check out our links top left.
For news of our recent past,
To Contact MACS: email@example.com
Twice as many registered voters favor charter schools as oppose them. The more people learn about charter schools, the more they like them.
Source: State of the Charter School Movement 2005