By Caroline Roemer Shirley, Director, LAPCS
Those three unique characteristics are choice, autonomy and accountability. Choice means every parent should be able to choose the best school for their child, just as every principal and teacher should be able to choose to work there. Autonomy means that school’s leadership team, led by its principal, should be responsible for student learning in that building, not a central office. And accountability means schools that continually fail to meet high academic standards should be closed, no excuses.
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools says Louisiana has the third strongest charter school laws in the nation. It is because we have taken legal steps to promote academic independence in charters, equitable distribution of funding and facilities between traditional and charter schools, and no caps on charter school growth that this movement is growing and meeting our three criteria.
But much remains to be done.