The toolkit is available online by visiting www.lacharterschools.org. The LAPCS will also provide a free workshop on charter school authorization at the organization’s 7th Annual Conference - 7th Inning Stretch: Charters. Choice. Change. The workshop, "Quality Authorizing Practices: Holding Schools Accountable," is free for school board members and school district staff and will be held on October 21, 9 a.m., at the Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge, 4728 Constitution Ave, Baton Rouge.
The toolkit is a complement to the National Alliance of Charter School Authorizers’ (NACSA) “Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing,” which local authorizers are required to abide by in accordance with Louisiana charter law. The LAPCS toolkit takes many of the nationally-recognized and statutorily required guidelines, and presents them through the lens of Louisiana law, specifically referencing the appropriate provisions, relevant portions of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (BESE) policy, and even Louisiana charter contracts to serve as examples.
“The LAPCS is committed to promoting and sustaining quality public charter schools,” said LAPCS Policy Director Veronica Brooks. “A key component to a strong charter school is a well-informed and discerning authorizer. Knowing how and when to authorize a school, how to evaluate charters and determine renewal, and when to close a school for non-performance are all critical decisions that most school boards now have to face. We recognize that this is new territory for school boards and that unknown can be scary, so this toolkit can helps districts better understand their role.
“Charter schools can be a valuable resource for school boards to improve academic outcomes for the children they’ve been elected to serve. Hopefully, this toolkit will encourage them as well as empower them with the wherewithal to give due consideration to authorizing a charter school,” said Ms. Brooks.
For more information on the free toolkit and workshop, contact Veronica Brooks, (504) 274-3652 or firstname.lastname@example.org.