House gives final OK to charter schools

Posted June 28, 2011, at 4:13 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage’s campaign promise to allow charter schools in Maine is close to being fulfilled.

Without debate, the House of Representatives on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill authorizing charter schools, which try to improve the performance of students who don’t do well in traditional schools. The 88-58 vote sent the bill to the Senate for a final vote.

Charter schools were an issue during last fall’s election, with Republican LePage, now Maine’s governor, making repeated promises to push for them if elected.

The bill before lawmakers would allow no more than 10 public charter schools in the first decade. It would also limit the number of students who can attend them in the first three years to protect smaller noncharter public schools.

 

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