Comments for: Commission should set realistic goals for Maine’s first charter school

Posted July 15, 2012, at 3:25 p.m.

The Maine Academy of Natural Sciences in Hinckley has won approval as the first charter school in Maine history, but it has a big step left: negotiating a charter with the Maine Charter School Commission. The charter contract determines bedrock elements of the school: what the academic and operational outcomes …

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    It doesn’t surprise me that Hinckley got the charter school prize, as they have been taking from the public schools for decades in the form of “independent evaluations” for special education students.  Having lived in Maine, and now a resident of Arizona (which is the “leader” in charter schools in the U.S.) I can attest to the facts that: 1. Charter schools were developed to challenge public schools and to stimulate their improvement; 2. Since their inception, charter schools have been siphoning off the cream of the public school population, without providing a full spectrum of special education services, but promoting “inclusion” programs so the students are forced into general education classes; 3. The owners of charter schools are provided with huge profits due to the “flexibility” allowed for salaries, certification, tenure, and conditions/hours of employees; 4. Charter schools have become havens for families attempting to flee the public school’s cross section of population, which many of the parents abhor. 

  • Anonymous

    Any charter school should have their curricula approved, especially for teaching the sciences.  In other states, private schools can teach some totally fallacious, literalist religious subject matter. 

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