So, Maine is on the way towards allowing charters schools. Thank you, Governor LePage and the other Tea Partyers, religious right and anti-labor folks now in charge of Maine’s government. I oppose charter schools primarily because they undermine our country’s public school system which is the only place people of disparate socioeconomic backgrounds come together for any length of time. Of course now we know that fewer than 20% of charters even out perform our “broken” public schools.
Getting to my point, here’s my paranoid thought. In Lisbon, Maine (where I have worked in the school system for 17 years), there are three church based schools. I can see them becoming “charter schools” by holding religious classes outside of what will be determined the “school day”. They will then be eligible for public money. The radical right never gives up.