Maine Public Charter Schools Celebrated at State House

Originally aired on WABI – January 22, 2018

As part of National School Choice Week, Maine charter schools were celebrated at the State House on Monday.

Publicly funded charter schools became allowed in Maine under the LePage administration in 2011 to give children an alternative option to the traditional public school system.

“They’re thriving in schools that meet the needs of the student and if the public schools can’t do that then they ought to have the competition that we’re providing. And they ought to see you thrive because they’re not getting it done. And I don’t mind saying that because they aren’t getting it done,” said Governor LePage.

LePage says it was a hard battle getting charter schools in the state as many feared it would only be for the elite and wealthy. But years after the system was created, LePage says 40% of charter school students qualify for free or reduced lunch and that this educational model is benefiting thousands of children.

“Over 2200 students are in the charter school system. 20% are children with special needs, where the state average is about 17 (%),” said LePage.

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