Maine’s Governor Paul LePage is really upset. The state’s charter school commission turned down four out of five applications. Two that were rejected were online schools. LePage has benefited in the past from campaign contributions from this sector.
If you really want to know why the governor was upset, read this expose published last year about ties between the LePage administration and the online charter school industry.
But the state commission did due diligence and reached its decision based on what they saw as the best interests of children in Maine. What a novel idea!
Governor LePage has called on them to resign (he did not appoint them), but they are standing fast.
Good for them.
Imagine: people who think for themselves and do what’s right for kids.
Let’s hope to see more of that approach in other states.