PORTLAND (AP) — Officials at Portland's first charter school are defending a luncheon the school is hosting for a conservative advocacy group.
Baxter Academy, which opens this fall, is hosting a luncheon Wednesday catered by the Maine Heritage Policy Center for Friedman Legacy Day in honor of the late Nobel laureate Milton Friedman, an advocate of school choice.
The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1cjT9Yt ) reported that Baxter Academy Vice Chairwoman Allison Crean Davis wrote an email saying the purpose of the event is to cultivate a relationship with the policy center. She further wrote that policy center members have the capacity to support the school financially and politically.
Democratic Sen. Rebecca Millett said by hosting the luncheon, the school is aligning its identity with "the extreme agenda" of the policy center.