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AUGUSTA, Maine

Maine commission approves virtual charter school

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A Maine panel approved the state’s first virtual charter school Monday, but denied another cyberacademy and a brick-and-mortar charter school. The Maine Charter Commission voted unanimously in favor of having the state enter contract negotiations with the Maine Connections Academy to open this fall for as many as 300 students. In a 4-to-3 vote, the commission denied an application for the Maine Virtual Academy and unanimously voted against the Lewiston-Auburn Academy Charter School. But approval from the commission does not mean that the virtual charter school is a done deal. Lawmakers are considering a measure that would put a moratorium on the creation of virtual charter schools until 2015.

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