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Maine Charter Schools in High Demand as School Year Starts

AUGUSTA, Maine - Charter schools in Maine are in high demand as the school year gets underway.

The Portland Press Herald reports that fall enrollment figures show that most schools are operating at or near capacity.

The state's second virtual charter, Maine Virtual Academy, launches Tuesday with 296 students logging in, one shy of its 297-student cap. The year-old Maine Connections Academy, the state's first virtual charter school, is at capacity with 396 students and a waiting list of 140.

Maine Virtual Academy's CEO, Beth Ann Lorigan, says students are coming from 91 school districts across the state.

Tuesday is also the deadline for the latest round of applications for groups hoping to open a charter school. Under the state's 10-school cap, only three more schools can be approved.