School Choice Score: 62%
The town-tuitioning voucher program, which has existed since 1873, allows students from small towns that don’t have their own local school to attend public schools in other towns or non-religious private schools. The program has no participation cap and the number of students taking advantage of this program has increased over time.
Charter Schools Score: 72%
Advocates are continuing to fight to improve this below-average law, which has a constrictive cap, no independent authorizers and limited charter autonomy. Leaders have taken a vocal stance against the commission members’ actions of continually rejecting charter school applications, particularly online/blended options that are a huge boost to reach many of the state’s rural students.
Online Learning Score: 0%
Although, Maine scores very high for allowing for multiple providers of online learning. Maine does have one fully online charter school, which opened in August 2014.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 72%
These evaluations have no effect on tenure decisions, or licensure advancement and renewal. Ineffective classroom performance is not a ground for dismissal, and the appeals process is not streamlined. Districts must respect the minimum state salary, but the state law does not mandate that increases are only based on degrees and experience.