Author: Dick Komer and Nick Sibilla

Dick Komer is a senior attorney and Nick Sibilla is a communications associate with the Institute for Justice, which litigates nationwide in defense of school choice.

Public education is getting a 21st Century shake-up. Back in September, Maine’s very first virtual charter school, Maine Connections Academy, opened its doors. More recently, on October 15, the Maine Charter School Commission unanimously voted to advance the application for what could be the state’s second virtual charter school. In less than a month, the commission will decide whether Maine Virtual Academy should be authorized as a charter school for the 2015–2016 school year. So far, demand for online public education has been high. The Maine Connections Academy has 297 students in grades 7–12 enrolled from all across the state,…

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