Maine votes to approve state's first virtual school

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Maine Charter School Commission voted unanimously Monday to approve the state’s first virtual charter school, but rejected the application of a second virtual school applicant.

The commission also rejected the Lewiston-Auburn Academy Charter School, which had backers alleged to have ties to an imam at the center of recent political upheaval in Turkey. One commissioner was so “incensed” over what he called “the lies” in the school’s application that he said he wanted the commission to refer the matter to the Office of the Maine Attorney General.

The commission declined to act on that recommendation Monday, but said it would consider the matter later.

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