Maine Senate OKs pause on virtual charter schools

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate has given final approval to a bill that would place a moratorium on virtual charter schools in the state.

The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Langley was enacted by a 24-11 vote on Thursday. It will now be sent to Republican Gov. Paul LePage, where it faces a likely veto.

Lawmakers will need two-thirds support to override a veto.

The bill would put a moratorium on virtual charter schools until 2015 so the state can come up with a plan to provide online learning for all its students.

The Maine Charter School Commission approved the state's first virtual charter school on Monday. Critics of the bill say putting a hold on virtual charter schools now will hurt Maine students.

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