Online charter school opposes teachers' unionization effort

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Leadership at the state’s first online charter school is pushing back on efforts by teachers and staff to form a union.

The National Labor Relations Board is reviewing a case in which Maine Connections Academy has argued against the right of teachers at the school to unionize through the Maine Education Association, the Portland Press Herald reported.

The move comes a few months after some teachers expressed concern about the school’s hiring of a controversial principal.

Grace Leavitt, president of the Maine Education Association, said the teachers at Connections Academy “deserve a seat at the table.”

Maine Connections Academy, a virtual school for students in grades 7-12, is one of two virtual charter schools in Maine. Pearson PLC, a for-profit parent company, provides the curriculum.

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