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Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA 1, sub-26, as corrected by RR 1993, c. 1, 44 and
amended by PL 2003, c. 545, 5, is further amended to read:

26. School administrative unit. "School administrative unit"
means the state-approved unit of school administration and
includes a municipal school unit, school administrative district,
community school district, charter school or any other municipal
or quasi-municipal corporation responsible for operating or
constructing public schools, except that it does not include a
career and technical education region.

Sec. 2. 20-A MRSA 202, sub-16 and 17, as enacted by PL 1981, c. 693,
5 and 8, are amended to read:

16. Other entities. Other entities authorized by the
Legislature; and

17. Other bureaus. Any other bureau the commissioner
establishes.; and

Sec. 3. 20-A MRSA 202, sub-18 is enacted to read:

18.__Charter schools.__Charter schools.

Sec. 4. 20-A MRSA c. 112 is enacted to read:



2411.__Charter schools authorized; pilot program established

Charter schools may be established as public schools pursuant
to this chapter to provide varied learning environments and
expand existing efforts to support student learning by providing
different, often small, learning settings.__The charter school
pilot program established pursuant to section 2413, subsection 5
is authorized to provide incentives to teachers and community
members to establish new kinds of public schools and to seek to
improve student achievement through the use of different and
innovative learning methods.__Local school administrative units
are encouraged to use the charter school pilot program to offer
more options to students and parents, to develop complementary
programs tailored to meet student needs and to collaborate with
other school administrative units to offer regional programs.

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