Maine Enacts Public Charter School Law

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-In response to Maine's vote to create a public charter school law in Maine, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released the following statement from its president and CEO, Peter C. Groff:

"Today is a historic day for the families and educators in Maine. Through bipartisan support in the legislature and from Governor Paul LePage, Maine has become the 42nd jurisdiction with a public charter school law. "We are especially pleased that the new law in Maine is well aligned with the best practices in charter school law exemplified in the NAPCS model law. Maine lawmakers wisely heeded the lessons about what has worked and what has not worked in the public charter school movement over the past 20 years and crafted legislation that sets public charter schools up for success in their state. Because of these actions, Maine's families and educators will have access to more high-quality public school options and the overall public education system will be strengthened."

About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools:

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) is the national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. The NAPCS works to increase the number of high-performing charter schools available to all families, particularly low-income and underserved families who currently do not have access to quality public schools. The Alliance provides assistance to state charter school associations and resource centers, develops and advocates for improved public policies, and serves as the united voice for this large and diverse movement. More than 1.6 million students attend nearly 5,000 charter schools in 40 states and the District of Columbia.