Gov. Paul LePage today released his proposed two-year state budget, basically flat funding the General Purpose Aid that goes out to school districts, but adding in funding to encourage consolidation of administrative functions and fully funding charter schools so there is no local share.
Specifically the budget provides $5 million each year of the biennium to pay up-front costs for efforts that reduce school administrative costs long term; funding for special programs, including the Bridge Year and Jobs for Maine Graduates; and money for the state to pay the entire per-pupil tuition for charter students. That costs runs, on average, $7,000 to $8,000 per student, or more, depending on the grade level.
As more details become available bulletins will be issued.