Published Date Written by Staff ReportPortland Mayor Michael Brennan came out in opposition to the idea of starting a charter school in the city.
During testimony to the Maine Charter School Commission, Brennan said he was opposed to the proposal by Baxter Academy for Technology and Science's application to create a charter school in Portland. Baxter Academy's application is one of five being considered by the commission.
"The Baxter Academy does not appear to offer anything new or different to Portland students. Rather, the academy, should it achieve charter school status, will divert critical resources away from the Portland School System," said Brennan, in a statement.
Brennan told the committee that he's concerned about the financial impact the charter school would have an impact on the city's budget.
Baxter Academy's executive director, John Jaques, sent a message to Mayor Brennan, according to an email circulated by Jaques Monday. "Don't stand in the doorway don't block up the hall," quoted from Bob Dylan's song, "The Times They Are a Changing," was the response from Jaques.
Brennan said, "With the Baxter Academy administrators hoping to attract more than one hundred students from the Portland area, the Portland School System could face a loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars this fall. The financial impact of just fifty students could be as much as $441,000 of which $375,000 would be paid for by the local property tax."