Maine has a long history of providing families with school choice options.
Public School Choice:
Maine offers limited school choice within the public school system. Maine has voluntary inter-district open enrollment among school districts.
Private School Choice:
Under Maine’s Town Tuitioning Program, students who live in small towns without a public school are eligible to receive a voucher from the town to attend a non-religious private school (or public school) of choice. In 2012, nearly 9,000 students participated in this program.
Maine passed its first charter school legislation in 2011, and in 2013, the state's first two charter schools were opened, enrolling 110 students. According to the Center for Education Reform, many attempts are currently being made to improve this state's relatively weak charter school law.
According to the Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning report, Maine has a state-led virtual school and district-run programs. The state-led Maine Online Learning Program (MOLP) issues a list of approved online providers for the state. Eight different providers enrolled about 1,100 courses for the 2012-2013 school year. The University of Maine also offers an Academ-e online program, which enrolled 19 courses and 225 juniors and seniors in Maine high schools during the 2011-2012 school year. Finally, the Maine Learning Technology Initiative provides wireless notebook computers and Internet access to all 7th and 8th grade students in the state. This Initiative currently provides resources to 55 percent of the high schools in Maine.
<a href="http://www.schooldatadirect.org/app/location/q/stid=20/llid=111/stllid=357/locid=20/stype=/catid=-1/secid=-1/compid=-1/site=pes">Click here for detailed information</a> on Maine's public school system and see below for school choice contacts in Maine.