- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Democratic-controlled Maine House has given initial approval to a bill that would put a moratorium on the creation of virtual charter schools in the state until next year.

In a 94-51 vote Tuesday, the House endorsed the bill that would put a halt to virtual charter schools until the state comes up with a plan to provide online learning for all students. The moratorium would end in January.

Supporters say taking a pause will allow the state to ensure all students have access to cyber schools. They say online learning provides opportunities to students they wouldn’t otherwise have.

Opponents say putting a halt to the schools now is unfair to two groups currently proposing virtual charters. The Maine Charter School Commission is expected to consider those proposals Monday.


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