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State renews charter for online Maine charter school

November 7, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine state commission has unanimously approved a charter renewal for the state’s first virtual charter school.

The state Charter School Commission approved the five-year charter renewal for Maine Connections Academy Tuesday. The Portland Press Herald reports the commission also denied the school’s request to lift its enrollment cap and to expand into additional grades.

The Maine Charter School Commission had the option of renewing the charter for up to 15 years.

According to Principal Chad Strout, the school serves grades seven through 12, is enrolled at maximum capacity of 429 students and has about 85 students on a waiting list.

About 2,200 of Maine’s roughly 181,000 students attend charter schools.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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