- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Four groups have applied for the last three charter school slots in Maine.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1hyK6cN ) that ME Academy, Peridot Montessori Education, Show Pond Arts Academy and Acadia Academy filed applications by Tuesday’s deadline.

The Maine Charter School Commission will take a first vote Oct. 13 on advancing the new applications to the second phase of the review process. It will make a final decision on Nov. 17.

Schools approved by the commission would open in fall 2016.

State law allows a maximum of 10 charter schools. Maine already has five brick-and-mortar charter schools and two virtual charter schools. More than 1,500 students attend charter schools in Maine, which has about 184,000 total students.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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