Sunday, May 19, 2013
The decision will raise city taxes and force layoffs, but officials are pleased with the support for education.
Meanwhile, state education officials spell out strategies for helping schools that received low grades.
Baxter Academy will open in the fall and be the first such school in the city, operating under a scaled-back plan for 130 students.
Construction at the Portland school's York Street location began last week, and Kelli Pryor, chairwoman of school's board, said they would make hiring teachers a priority.
Some raise concerns as the Education Committee looks at making this a line item in the state budget.
But charter school supporters argue that would politicize the schools and make them targets for opponents.
Test-taking and results, year-to-year progress and graduation rates are the primary components.
The school, which serves a largely poor and immigrant Portland neighborhood, had previously been praised for a 20 percent rise in test scores over the last three years.
Gov. LePage says students will benefit as 75% of Maine’s schools get a C or worse.
Carl Stasio takes the reins of Portland's first charter school.