Maine commission to consider charter school plans

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Charter School Commission is considering three proposals for new charter schools in the state.

The commission is expected to vote Monday on one charter school and two virtual charter school proposals that were given preliminary approval in January.

If approved Monday, the commission will enter into contract negotiations with the groups.

The proposals being considered are the Lewiston-Auburn Academy Charter School and two virtual charters, Maine Connections Academy and Maine Virtual Academy.

There are five remaining charter school spots available under Maine's charter school law. The law, which Republican Gov. Paul LePage signed in 2011, says the commission can only approve 10 charter schools through 2022.

Two charter schools opened in Maine last year and three more began classes in the fall.

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