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Virtual school charter extended, request to expand denied – November 6, 2018

The Maine Charter School Commission today unanimously voted to extend the charter of the virtual Maine Connections Academy for another five years, but voted against a request to lift its enrollment cap or allow it to add grades 5 and 6.

Connections opened in the 2014-2015 school year and according to its review by the Charter Commission has been faithful to its contract and substantially met its goals. The school also is hitting up against its enrollment cap of 429 and requested it be lifted. It also asked to expand beyond grades 7-12 by adding grades 5 and 6.

In voting against those expansions, commission members said the requests could be reconsidered in the future, but urged a greater awareness of what it takes to support a fifth- or sixth-grader in a virtual environment.

 

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