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School district says it won’t appeal private tuition ruling

July 26, 2019

SACO, Maine (AP) — The chair of a Maine school board says the district will not appeal a state court decision that upheld a ruling allowing students in a small town to attend a private school using public funds.

Regional School Unit 21 Chair MaryBeth Luce says that the ruling pointed out that any future changes are up to lawmakers.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s decision last week maintains an October ruling and means Regional School Unit 21 must pay $500,000 to cover unpaid tuition for students in Arundel to attend Thornton Academy in Saco.

The academy and 31 Arundel parents in 2016 sued the district for voting to discontinue the funding.

The October ruling affirmed school choice and came at the end of a 10-year contract allowing students to attend the private school.

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