Maine democrats take steps against virtual charter schools

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Democrats on the legislature's Education Committee voted Monday to advance three bills that would either change the certification requirements for taxpayer-financed virtual charter schools or delay their operation in Maine.

The committee votes represent a rejection of virtual schools by Democratic lawmakers, several of whom have questioned the effectiveness of institutions through which students receive most or all of their education online.

Similar legislation has been considered in other states, which have been beset by concerns about the oversight and operation of such schools by for-profit corporations.

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