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Maine

School Choice Policy

Charter School Choice

Do state statutes allow for charter schools?

Are for-profit charters allowed?

Did not find

Is there a cap on the number of charter schools?

Yes:

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.

20-A § 2405.1: Authorizers

Are charters required to provide transportation for any students?

No:

"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."

20-A §2412.4.D: Operations

Can charter schools employ uncertified teachers?

Yes:

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.

20-A § 2412.6: Operations

Virtual School Choice

Do state statutes allow for full-time virtual schools?

Yes:

Maine statutes allow for virtual charter schools.

20-A §2408.2: Charter contracts

Are virtual schools required to track attendance?

Yes:

Contract must include a plan by which the governing board is required to provide verification of ongoing attendance

20-A §2408.2: Charter contracts

Do virtual schools have to comply with state teacher certification requirements?

Did not find

Private School Choice

Do state statutes allow for voucher programs?

Yes:

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.

20-A §5203.4 & 20-A §5204.4
20-A §2951 through 20-A §2955

Do state statutes allow for educational expense tax credits or deductions?

No:

No educational expense tax credits or deductions found.

EdChoice School Choice in America

Can students use vouchers to attend religious schools?

No:

Non-sectarian schools only.

20-A §2951.2: Approval for tuition purposes

Is there a cap on the number of students or private schools participating in voucher programs?

Did not find

Are voucher students in private schools required to take any standardized tests?

Unclear:

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

20-A §2951.6: Approval for tuition purposes

Can private schools be removed from voucher programs based on performance?

Did not find

Are private schools in voucher programs required to provide transportation?

Did not find

Interdistrict School Choice

Do state statutes allow for interdistrict choice?

Yes:

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.

20-A §5205.6-A: Other exceptions to the general residency rules-Interdistrict enrollment policies.

Are receiving schools or districts required to provide transportation to any students?

Unclear:

"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..."

20-A §5205.6-A: Other exceptions to the general residency rules-Interdistrict enrollment policies.

Page last updated: January 2020

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