AUGUSTA (AP) — The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee has delayed its decision on a review of an embattled Portland charter school until after state regulators consider the school’s license application next week.

The committee on Tuesday did, however, direct its watchdog agency, the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability, to look at potential focuses for a review.

Office Director Beth Ashcroft told The Portland Press Herald any investigation would be broad, focusing beyond the Baxter Academy for Science and Technology.

The committee met in response to a letter from the Education Committee asking for a review of the process by which Baxter Academy won conditional approval from the Maine Charter School Commission.

The commission is scheduled to vote on Baxter Academy’s application Monday. The oversight committee will meet again on April 12.


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