Maine 2016 State Policy Detail
PUT POLICY TO WORK FOR ACCOUNTABLE SCHOOLS
The Maine Charter School Commission will complete its first renewal cycle this year, setting an important precedent for the enforcement of accountability in this maturing charter sector.
- Implement a rigorous first renewal cycle with a strong renewal standard. At this time, state policy—which encompasses statute, rules, and regulations—contains provisions that can be interpreted as a strong renewal policy (based on achieving performance goals) or a weak renewal policy (based on progress toward performance goals). NACSA anticipates the Commission will employ state policy to enforce a strong renewal standard based on the achievement of academic goals.
- Institute a default closure policy to make closure the expected outcome for failing charter schools.