The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) 7th Annual Conference - 7th Inning Stretch: Charters. Choice. Change. – recognized leaders in the state’s growing charter movement.
“Every year, our conference aims to bring together the best and brightest educators Louisiana has to offer. We learn from each other. We recognize our successes and our challenges individually and as a whole. We come together to strengthen our areas of weakness, and share working knowledge of best practices,” said LAPCS Director Caroline Roemer Shirley.
The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) and seven Type 2 charter schools filed a petition in the 19th Judicial District Court of East Baton Rouge to intervene in and counter a lawsuit by the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE) that could potentially strip 33 charter schools of their Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) funding and threaten their closure.
The petition, along with LAE's motion for a preliminary injunction to stop funding to Type 2 charter schools as early as November 15, 2014, will be heard Wednesday, October 29.
Statement from Veronica Brooks, Policy Director, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, on the BESE School Innovation and Turnaround Committee’s votes today to deny charter applications from Greater Grace Charter Academy, Kingdom Builders Community Development Corporation, Inc., Smothers Academy, and to defer applications from Louisiana Charter Foundation Inc. and Louisiana Delta Empowerment Group:
“It is hard to operate a charter school, which is why we have a very hard authorization process. But it is also why our state is ranked third in the nation for the strength of our charter laws and second in the nation for the sustained health of our movement. We are about quality charter schools, not quantity. The constructive critique applicants received today will hopefully help them prepare for reapplication.”
Local School Boards in Louisiana’s 64 parishes are receiving more and more charter applications while parents across the state express greater desire for choice in education. As part of it's mission to support and promote quality charter schools, the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) is offering a free, comprehensive resource just for Louisiana school boards and district staff, titled: Charter Schools: A Toolkit for Parish School Boards.
Public Charter School Movement in Louisiana Ranked 2nd of 26 States Nationwide New National Alliance Report Ranks State Charter School Movements on Growth, Quality, and Innovation
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools today unveiled a new report that ranks the “health” of the public charter school movement in 26 states across the country. Focusing on the factors essential for a strong charter school movement such as growth, quality, and innovation, this report ranks Louisiana 2nd.
The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) Executive Director Caroline Roemer Shirley today announced keynote speaker Tim King will be headlining the statewide organization’s conference this year, 7th Inning Stretch: Charters. Choice. Change.
The conference will be held on Tuesday, October 21, Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge, 4728 Constitution Avenue. A welcome reception will be held Monday, October 20, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m, Juban’s, 3739 Perkins Road.