LePage to Sign Bill to Allow Charter Schools 

Gov. Paul LePage says he’ll sign a bill to allow charter schools, putting Maine among the 40 other states that allow them. The state Senate on Tuesday evening sent the bill to the governor’s desk after voting to give it final approval. Charter schools were an issue during last fall’s election. Then running as the Republican candidate for governor, LePage made repeated promises to push for charter schools if elected. The bill he’s signing would allow no more than 10 public charter schools in the first decade. It would also limit the number of students who can attend them in the first three years to protect smaller non-charter public schools. Charter schools are voluntary public schools that cannot teach religious practices and cannot discriminate against students or teachers. (AP)