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For Immediate Release

Date: 04/01/13

House Republican Leader's Statement on Charter Schools

Charters under attack again despite pressing need for education reform

AUGUSTA - House Republican Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport) released the following statement in response to public hearings before the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee on bills that seek to weaken charter schools.

"Democrats need to understand that charter schools are here to stay because Maine people want more educational options for their children. We need less uniformity and lobbying and more new ideas and choice if we are to improve public education in Maine. Charter schools do not hurt traditional schools, but they do pose a threat to the status quo. Republicans aren't interested in preserving the status quo; we are focused on better results and more choice for the children of Maine."

Fredette added that Maine was one of only 10 states to prohibit charter schools when the Legislature changed the law in 2011, and that a 2011 poll showed charter schools enjoy the support of 70 percent of Americans.

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