- Associated Press - Saturday, October 13, 2018

SACO, Maine (AP) - A court has ruled a small district must pay tuition for students who choose to attend a local private school.

Journal Tribune reports the Maine Superior Court this month ruled Regional School Unit 21 must pay for Arundel students attending Thornton Academy Middle School.

The academy’s headmaster cheered the decision as a win for publicly funded school choice.

The academy and several Arundel parents in 2016 sued the district for voting to discontinuing the funding. The district instead designated a public school for all middle school pupils.

The vote came at the end of a 10-year contract allowing all Arundel middle school students to attend the private school. Arundel joined a newly formed school district in 2009.

The district argued Arundel middle school students don’t have school choice under Maine’s law.

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