Public Charter School Vision Discussed In Bangor 

Governor LePage signed a bill into law last June which paved the way for charter schools in Maine.Thursday, the Charter School Commission was in Bangor looking for input from the community.The group is trying to design an application so those interested in creating a charter school can apply.Under the new law, the State Charter School Commission is an “authorizer” and can only approve 10 charter schools in the state in 10 years.But local school boards can approve additional charter schools, which don’t count towards the commission’s approvals.People at Friday’s meeting wanted to make sure the commission takes financial sustainability into account on the application.Folks also want to make sure the application would cater to innovative ideas, like a school that would revolve around the arts.The process of approving a charter school is just getting underway, and there are still a lot of questions to be answered.The commission hopes to have an application available by the end of April.The commission has given itself a deadline of July first to approve proposals for charter schools in time for the 2012-2013 school year.