- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine Charter School Commission is advancing a plan for a second virtual charter school in the state.

The commission voted Wednesday to move the application from Maine Virtual Academy to the next step. It also voted not to advance applications from the Lewiston-Auburn-based Acadia Academy and Sanford-area Inspire ME Academy.

The decision to move Maine Virtual Academy forward means the commission will hold an interview with the applicant, host a public hearing, and vote Nov. 13 on whether to enter into contract negotiations with the school. The interview and public hearing are scheduled for Oct. 27 in Augusta.

Maine has six charter schools serving almost 900 students. Maine Connections Academy opened this fall as the state’s first public virtual charter school.

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