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July 14, 2014 via Education News

Maine’s First Virtual School Goes Live in September

Maine will be opening its first online school for grades 7-12 just after Labor Day. The school, Maine Connections Academy, will be run by Connections Education, a for-profit organization based in Baltimore, Maryland. Full article

July 2, 2014 via Press Herald

Virtual charter school ‘within striking distance’ of enrollment benchmark

AUGUSTA — Members of the commission approving Maine charter schools said Tuesday they were optimistic that the state’s first virtual charter school would hit its target student enrollment later this summer and open in time for the upcoming academic year. Full article

June 27, 2014 via Bangor Daily News

Feds award $11.3M to Maine school districts

PORTLAND, Maine — Thirty-two learning centers will be established or expanded at schools across the state thanks to an $11.3 million federal grant, Gov. Paul LePage announced Friday.... Full article

June 15, 2014 via Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal

Commissioner: California ruling on teacher tenure won’t affect Maine

A court decision that said teacher tenure in California is unconstitutional because it deprives students of their right to an education won't have an impact in Maine, said Education Commissioner Jim Rier. Full article

June 14, 2014 via WGAN

6-14 Tim Melton & Emmanuel Caulk

Tim Melton, VP/Legislative Affairs of ‘Student First’ and Portland Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk call in to discuss the Vergara decision from California regarding tenure being unconstitutional. Full article

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June 16, 2014 posted by Ben Grant

Virtual Public Charter Schools: Expanding quality school choice options in Maine

Just two short years ago, students across Maine gained more school choice options with the passage of our first public charter school law. This year students will continue to see their options increase with the opening of the state’s first virtual charter school. Read more

May 9, 2014 posted by Matthew Speno

2,4,6,8 - Who Do We Appreciate!

I was speaking with a fellow teacher the other day about Teacher Appreciation Week, and she described the kindness shown to her by our community of students and parents. Read more

May 8, 2014 posted by Richard Sabine

Teachers, Remembered

In my childhood, I interacted with teachers who influenced me, shaped me, and are in part responsible for the person I have become. Their goal from the very beginning was to help me transform into a knowledgeable adult. Read more

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