Maine ed committee approves moratorium on virtual charter schools

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee approved legislation Wednesday that would impose a moratorium on virtual charter schools in Maine while state officials and educators come up with a plan to offer online learning tools to all Maine students by the fall.

Under the amended bill, L.D. 1736, a stakeholder group would work with a consortium of school administrative units to develop a request for proposals to have the state partner with New Hampshire’s state-run virtual academy to allow any Maine student to access their online resources by this fall.

Bill sponsor Sen. Brian Langley, R-Ellsworth, has said that he has already broached a possible partnership with the New Hampshire Virtual Learning Academy.

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