Charter schools for Maine? Part 2

Charter schools for Maine? Part 2

May 15, 2009 Posted by Steve Bowen - No Comments

My hope had been that I would able, by now, to report that the Legislature’s Education Committee had voted the charter school bill out and sent it on to the full House and Senate for a vote. Instead, after a couple of hours of debate on Thursday, the committee voted to table the bill until some time next week.

What’s the holdup?

It was clear from Thursday’s debate that the committee was not familiar with the bill.  This was due in part, no doubt, to a hurry-up public hearing a week ago in which the committee limited testimony from charter supporters to two minutes and asked few, if any questions.

There were plenty of questions at the work session, though.  The major issues?

  • There were plenty of finance questions to lead off, though I don’t know that the right questions ended up being asked.  The charter school bill requires that the EPS-calculated per-pupil amount