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Maine governor vetoes virtual charter school bill

6:02 AM, Mar 7, 2014   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that would put a pause on the creation of virtual charter schools in the state until next year while officials try to come up with a state-run cyber academy.

In his veto letter, the Republican governor said Thursday that he opposed that the moratorium because it would halt Maine Connections Academy, a virtual charter that was approved by the state Monday. He said the school is critically needed for hundreds of students, many of whom are "emotionally or physically unable to access a 'brick and mortar' option."

The Democratic-led Senate approved the bill earlier Thursday. Supporters say the moratorium is necessary to encourage the state to create a state-run virtual charter school.

Lawmakers will need two-thirds support to override a veto.

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