Five organizations are seeking state permission to open new charter schools in Maine.
The five applications include proposals for two physical schools in Southern Maine, one in Bangor and two K-12 virtual schools operated by out-of-state companies, according to the Morning Sentinel.
In the first round of applications, two virtual schools applied but did not receive state approval, the newspaper reported.
One of the southern Maine proposals seeks to build a grade six to 12 school in Harpswell focused in part on education around the area's marine and natural resources; another looks to open a Kennebunk middle school focused on visual and performing arts.
In the last round of applications, the state approved four schools to open under the law that caps the total number of new charter schools at 10 over the next decade.
Department of Education spokesman David Connerty-Marin told the newspaper that raising that cap is likely to be supported by the governor and Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen.