Four new groups, including 2 virtual academies, apply to create charter schools in Maine

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Four more organizations have submitted lengthy applications to the Maine Charter School Commission to open new schools next fall, including two that are vying to be Maine’s first statewide, Internet-based “virtual schools.”

The organizations that submitted full applications by the Dec. 2 deadline were the following:

— Lewiston-Auburn Academy Charter School, which seeks to serve up to 420 students focused on science, technology, engineering and math with a “strong foundation” in humanities, according to its letter of intent.

— Maine Connections Academy and Maine Virtual Academy, which would be statewide virtual charter schools. Both organizations have submitted applications to the commission in the past and both participated in a June workshop with the commission focused on the need for more defined information in the commission’s requests and the organizations’ applications. Maine Connections Academy aims to attract 750 students, as does Maine Virtual Academy.

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