Students, lawmakers celebrate National School Choice Week

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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - An event was held Wednesday at the State House to celebrate National School Choice Week.

Charter school students, teachers, and administrators gathered with lawmakers in support of charter schools.

There are currently nine in Maine.

Supporters say they give students a different option for their schooling.

"Charter schools are important because they offer an alternative to public schools," said Nicholas Nickerson, a student at Maine Connections Academy. "If your kid doesn't want to attend a district school or public school, they can do charter schools. They can do homeschooling. They don't have to be forced into a public school or district school. Parents have an alternative."

The event was put on by the Maine Association for Charter Schools.