AUGUSTA, Maine — Four groups have submitted applications to start charter schools in Maine.
The four applications submitted by the Dec. 2 deadline include the Lewiston-Auburn Academy Charter School in Lewiston, Many Hands Montessori School in Windham and two virtual charter schools, the Maine Connections Academy and Maine Virtual Academy.
Members of Maine's Charter School Commission will decide in January which applications should get a public hearing and a full review.
There are five remaining charter school spots available under Maine's charter school law. The law, which Republican Gov. Paul LePage signed in 2011, says the commission can only approve 10 charter schools through 2022.
Two charter schools opened in Maine last year and three more began classes in the fall.