Portland Mayor Michael Brennan is publicly opposing the Baxter Academy for Technology and Science. In front of the Maine Charter School Commission, which is currently considering applications from potential charter school operators around the state, Brennan testified that "the Baxter Academy does not appear to offer anything new or different to Portland students.
Where do these two stories dovetail?
The first is about education financing problems in Pennsylvania, where schools that rely heavily on state aid are in danger of closing (one district can't afford to pay its teachers) while charter schools flourish (or at least don't face the same magnitude of cuts because they get funding from other sources).
The Baxter Academy for Technology and Science, a not-yet-extant charter high school that hopes to be located in the old Media Power building across from Portland Pie on York Street, announced a huge deal this week with Google to provide Chromebook laptops for each incoming freshman and sophomore during its 2012-13 (proposed) inaugural year.