PORTLAND, Maine — Four groups have applied for the last three charter school slots in Maine.
The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1hyK6cN ) that ME Academy, Peridot Montessori Education, Show Pond Arts Academy and Acadia Academy filed applications by Tuesday's deadline.
The Maine Charter School Commission will take a first vote Oct. 13 on advancing the new applications to the second phase of the review process. It will make a final decision on Nov. 17.
Schools approved by the commission would open in fall 2016.
State law allows a maximum of 10 charter schools. Maine already has five brick-and-mortar charter schools and two virtual charter schools. More than 1,500 students attend charter schools in Maine, which has about 184,000 total students.
Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com