About the Maine Charter School Commission
The Maine Charter School Commission is one of two types of entities permitted to authorize public charter schools in Maine. The Commission can authorize up to 10 public charter schools throughout the state during the first 10 years of Maine's charter school law.
While the Charter School Commission receives some staff support from the Maine Department of Education, it is an independent body.
Request for Proposals for Charter Schools for the 2013-14 School Year
Applications Received for Fall 2012 Opening
The Charter School Commission received applications from six potential charter school operators.
The Charter School Commission consists of seven members appointed by the Maine State Board of Education. Three of the seven are members of the State Board. Maine's charter school law calls for the remaining four members to come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds.
Maine's Public Charter Schools Law
Maine's public charter school law took effect on Sept. 28, 2011. The state's first charter schools will open, at the earliest, on July 1, 2012.
- Read about the laws and rules governing Maine's charter school program
- Read about Maine's public charter school program on the Maine Department of Education website
Maine Department of Education
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