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Maine Lawmakers Consider Charter School Bills
04/01/2013 02:57 PM ET  

Charter school supporters speak out against proposed legislation that would set new requirements for charters in Maine.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Charter school supporters are criticizing proposed legislation that would require local voters' approval for new charter schools and cut the amount of money local school districts have to pay the schools.

A group of about 40 charter school supporters were joined by Gov. Paul LePage at a State House press conference Monday ahead of public hearings on charter school bills being heard by the Legislature's education committee.

The Portland Press Herald
reported that Roger Brainerd, executive director of the Maine Association for Charter Schools, said the bills are "poor public policy'' and amount to changing the rules on charter schools "midway through the game.''

But Maine Education Association President Lois Kilby-Chesley said charter schools are costing local school districts large sums of money.



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