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Maine Governor Vetoes Virtual Charter School Bill
03/06/2014 05:42 PM ET  

In his veto letter, Gov. Paul LePage says that he opposed the moratorium because it would halt Maine Connections Academy, a virtual charter that was approved by the state Monday.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that would put a pause on the creation of virtual charter schools in the state until next year while officials try to come up with a state-run cyber academy.

In his veto letter, the Republican governor said Thursday that he opposed the moratorium because it would halt Maine Connections Academy, a virtual charter that was approved by the state Monday. He said the school is critically needed for hundreds of students, many of whom are ``emotionally or physically unable to access a `brick and mortar' option.''

The Democratic-led Senate approved the bill earlier Thursday. Supporters say the moratorium is necessary to encourage the state to create a state-run virtual charter school.

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


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