Existing Programs:

Town Tuitioning Program — 1873
Gives vouchers to children in small towns without a public school to attend a nearby private school or a public school in another town.

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Adjourned; bills carry over to next session.

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Maine’s town tuitioning program, like Vermont’s, was established because certain small towns lack public schools. In 1981, the state barred religious schools from receiving vouchers; religious schools legally challenged the law, but the courts have upheld it to this day.

Governor Paul LePage, a tea party conservative, is an outspoken advocate of school choice, and recently proposed private and religious school vouchers both in his biennial budget and in separate legislation. The Democrat-controlled legislature struck down both attempts.


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