AUGUSTA — A bill that would promote private fundraising for Maine’s school for the deaf will go forward to the Legislature in the upcoming session.

The proposal by Sen. Cathy Breen seeks to make it easier for the Maine Educational Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Falmouth to raise money. The school recently started a fundraising drive and officials learned that state law bars them from soliciting and accepting private money.

Breen, a Falmouth Democrat, says her bill would level the playing field, because other Maine public schools are allowed to engage in private fundraising. A nonprofit foundation is also already interested in working with the school.

The Legislative Council originally rejected Breen’s bill in October, but it reversed its decision on Nov. 19. The legislative session begins in January.