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PORTLAND, Maine — Portland’s first public charter school began accepting applications Tuesday, providing the institution with another milestone in its long march to a Sept. 3 opening. The city’s mayor, however, maintained his vocal opposition to the school, saying it will siphon dollars away from established… Read More
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  • Anonymous

    It seems that it is all about money. Not change and choice. Maybe if these schools are given a chance there just might be a difference in the education process for the better. I wish them well and the Mayor of Portland can do what he thinks is right.

    • Anonymous

      Wish I could agree with you about the money aspect. It’s truly about our unified commitment to the schoolchildren and happiness. The biggest influence on a child’s education comes from the encouraging words of adults (teachers, uncles, aunts, parents, friends, etc.) Northern Maine, an area with limited finances has always provided a fertile environment for success. It has produced the highest concentration of doctors, lawyers, and great politicians (Susan Collins) per acre than all the hay fields south of Island Falls. It’s not about charter schools I tell yah…..

  • StillRelaxin

    “Students are chosen by a lottery system if there are more applicants than spaces, and there are no entrance examinations.” So what exactly is it that parents think will make this new school any better than the one they left? These aren’t Magnet schools for the gifted. Their children just might end up in a new age reform school for kids who happen to have parents who have gripes against public schools.

    Meanwhile every penny of public taxes associated with each student who leaves will be drawn out of your local public school. How will that local school manage to stay open or even maintain their current educational standing? They won’t, but they’ll try by employing the same techniques they employ now, cut programs, staffs, sports, on and on. Then they’ll come back to the public and ask for increased property taxes on anyone who lives near a new charter school. Who will benefit for sure? The folks running the for profit school and the businesses who supply these for profit schools. Nice, eh? Why don’t we build a new school on every street corner and fill it with teachers who aren’t even certified? Because we can’t afford to be so wasteful or foolish.

    Kim Block noted on tonight’s broadcast that tuition to this school is free. What do you think of that Portland taxpayers? Hey, maybe you should close all your public schools and simply send them to this charter, it’s all free so you’d end up saving many millions in property taxes. Isn’t that right Kim?

  • Anonymous

    “I’ve learned about everything from psychology to herbology.”….. Seriously? Well he should be more than ready for a career in government, teaching, or toll-taking

  • Anonymous

    Maine can’t even afford public schools; if we could, charter schools might be a great idea. However, charter schools are taking the tax payers’ monies, we need to educate all our children, regardless of how gifted or how needy our public school students may be. At this point in history, charter schools in Maine are as dumb as an initiative, as the buffoon who started them; and who, by the way, is the same buffoon, who has continually insulted…all our precious Maine students…Paul LePage!

    • Anonymous

      I wish I had your way with words! It hurts to see such a self important twit (butt face Lapage) sell our kids to child labor and then try to compromise their funding to a public education.

  • Anonymous

    Charter schools are attractive because public schools often fall short. I see charter schools as competitors and competition often drives excellence. My opinion? If the mayor was so motivated, why did it take him this long to get going on learning resources? Or did he get motivated after he heard of the charter school? Either way, I stand by my opinion that competition is good stuff.

    • Anonymous

      charter school are “attractive” because some parents have grow weary of taking responsibility for home schooling their own kids.This kid quoted isn’t costing ANY school system a dime now . She will be an ADDED cost now.
      It will be interesting to see how many will be students who are home schooled (costing tax payers NOTHING now)

      Private choices ,made for what ever reason, should be private pay.

  • Anonymous

    This is not rocket science. Either you can afford to pay your child’s tuition to a philosophical belief that you espouse to or you can’t. The Charter School is funded by the same money that funds public schools where freedom rings.

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