Troubled Charter Back on Track to Open This Fall

Updated 1 year ago

Maine’s charter school commission has put a proposed Portland school involved in a high-profile controversy on track to open this fall. Baxter Academy for Technology and Science already received initial approval, but that was before the ouster of the school’s founder amid allegations of financial mismanagement. The Portland Press Herald says cheers broke out after Monday’s unanimous vote, which means details of the contract can be hammered out. A final vote is likely in May. The Legislature still plans to look into the charter school selection process after the school board fired John Jaques, the school’s founder and executive director. Jaques initially refused to relinquish control of the school’s website. That led to a suit and counter-suit.


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