Maine’s first virtual school nearly 50 percent short on enrollment

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Maine’s first virtual charter school reached a June 1 deadline nearly 50 percent short of the 243 students it’s required to enroll for the 2014-15 school year, with 127 committed to attend.

To give Maine Connections Academy more time, the Maine Charter School Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the enrollment deadline to July 15.

The extension means public school districts that will lose funding for students who switch to the online school may have less time to plan or adjust their budgets for the upcoming school year. The charter school commission tried to offset the impact by requiring Maine Connections Academy to notify districts where students have stated interest in the virtual school.

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