Commissioner's Update from the Maine Department of Education.
Maine DOE Commissioner's Update
October 4, 2012

School choice has always been an option for some Maine students, but we’re getting closer and closer to offering choice to all our kids—enabling them to take charge of their own learning.

The school choice work group met for the second time Monday to continue its work on a publicly funded school choice model.

When the Governor proposed school choice to the Legislature last year, we knew we had a lot of kinks to work out. The model we are currently reviewing would allow districts to elect to participate in an open-enrollment program—meaning students from any district could apply to an open-enrollment school located anywhere in the state. The group is still discussing details related to transportation and funding, but the group intends to propose a thorough model to policymakers come January.

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 — Stephen Bowen


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