Charter School Choice
Do state statutes allow for charter schools?
Are for-profit charters allowed?
Is there a cap on the number of charter schools?
Effective until 2022, no more than 10 public charter schools approved by the commission may operate at any time. Any time the cap is reached, the commissioner may not accept further registrations from the commission and only local school boards and collaboratives of local school boards may approve charters until the end of the transition period.
Are charters required to provide transportation for any students?
"A public charter school must have a plan that describes how the school will provide transportation for its students who reside in the school's catchment area and what assistance, if any, it will provide to meet the transportation needs of its students who reside outside the catchment area of the school."
Can charter schools employ uncertified teachers?
Full-time teachers must have a teaching certificate or become certified within 3 years of employment, unless they have an advanced degree, professional certification, or unique expertise or experience in their teaching area.
Virtual School Choice
Do state statutes allow for full-time virtual schools?
Maine statutes allow for virtual charter schools.
Are virtual schools required to track attendance?
Contract must include a plan by which the governing board is required to provide verification of ongoing attendance
Do virtual schools have to comply with state teacher certification requirements?
Private School Choice
Do state statutes allow for voucher programs?
Maine statute allows for the Town Tuitioning Program: students residing in a district that does not operate any public schools, or does not contract with school's of another district are eligible for the Town Tuitioning Program. The resident district shall pay the tuition, in accordance with chapter 219, at the public school or the approved private school of the parent's choice at which the student is accepted.
Do state statutes allow for educational expense tax credits or deductions?
Can students use vouchers to attend religious schools?
Non-sectarian schools only.
Is there a cap on the number of students or private schools participating in voucher programs?
Are voucher students in private schools required to take any standardized tests?
To receive public funds, private schools must participate in statewide assessment programs and meets requirements of learning results under section 6209 if they enroll 60% or ore publicly funded students
Can private schools be removed from voucher programs based on performance?
Are private schools in voucher programs required to provide transportation?
Interdistrict School Choice
Do state statutes allow for interdistrict choice?
The school boards of 2 or more school administrative units may adopt mutual policies allowing the transfer of students, with parental approval, among the participating units.
Are receiving schools or districts required to provide transportation to any students?
"The school boards of 2 or more school administrative units may adopt mutual policies allowing the transfer of students, with parental approval, among the participating units. The policies must set forth procedures and standards governing the transfers, including but not limited... standards of responsibility for transportation..."