Maine is one of only a handful of states that do not allow charter schools. Charter schools are independent public schools that, typically, have higher educational standards than public schools. Charter schools must meet the same academic standards as do public schools, but they are free to operate with fewer restrictions.
Because charter schools are held accountable for students' achievements, they generally have higher academic standards and are more disciplined than traditional public schools are. Charter schools allow parents to use their tax dollars so it does not cost the taxpayer any more than they already spend.
In June 2009, the Maine House voted on a bill to allow charter schools. David Van Wie voted against this bill and limited Maine taxpayers' educational options.
Ellie Espling believes Maine parents should have every option available to them to educate their children.
Roy Wenger, Durham