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For Immediate Release

Date: 03/03/14

Pouliot Praises Charter School Commission Approval of Virtual School

Big win for education reform despite strong Dem opposition

AUGUSTA - Rep. Matthew Pouliot (R-Augusta) on Monday praised the decision of the State Charter School Commission to approve the application by Maine Connections Academy to operate as a charter school in Maine. Rep. Pouliot, who serves on the Maine Legislature's Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, is a strong advocate of virtual charter schools.

"This is a good day for children and parents who seek alternatives to the traditional education model due to physical, emotional, and other special needs. As a young Mainer who recently completed my education in our public schools, I see firsthand the need for reform across the state's education system," said Rep. Pouliot, who at 27 is one of the youngest members of the Maine Legislature.

The charter commission handled two applications Monday for virtual schools, one of which was denied and the other approved. As a sign of consistent opposition from the left, Democratic Senate President Justin Alfond sent a letter to the charter commission urging them to reject both applications.

Rep. Pouliot emphasized the need for education reform in moving Maine's economy forward.

"Choice is a good thing when it comes to our education," he said.

"Not every child thrives in a traditional learning environment, and providing options that work for individual students is crucial to ensuring they can be self-sufficient down the road and participate in Maine's economy while living a fulfilling personal life."


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