BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The idea of shifting state money traditionally used to pay for public school education into a fund that would pay for construction at charter schools chilled some members of the State Bond Commission. The Advocate reports the panel of high-ranking state officials that oversees borrowing... more »
Today Lafayette Parish School Board Members met for a round table retreat to discuss controversial topics concerning the school system. One of these topics being: New Charter Schools arriving to Lafayette Parish. These charter schools were denied by the school board at first, but then appealed by filing type two... more »
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Renovations of the shuttered Albertson's will begin sometime this spring to transform the former grocery store into Willow Charter Academy. It's one of three new charter schools in Lafayette set to open in August. Jay Miller, a member of the charter school's board, Louisiana Achievement Charter... more »
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A charter school has never been approved in Lafayette Parish, but that may be about to change. Two national groups - Charter Schools USA and National Heritage Academies - have asked for permission to open a total of four charter schools in the district. Charter schools... more »
Four charter schools could soon be on the way for Lafayette Parish.
Wednesday afternoon, the school board will consider partnering with Charter Schools USA.
Like other charter schools, those with this company would run on private donations and some public funds. Charter USA requires parental involvement and teacher... more »
The Calcasieu Parish School Board has denied a request to provide transportation to two charter schools for the 2012-2013 school year. The Lake Charles Charter Academy Foundation has requested a partnership involving Lake Charles Charter Academy, Southwest Louisiana Charter Academy, and the district regarding transportation. The foundation says the law... more »
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A group of charter schools in New Orleans is hoping to draw interest from certified teachers at a job fair set for late April. The Eastbank Collaborative of Charter Schools holds its annual Certified Teacher Fair on Saturday, April 28, at Xavier University. Other organizations supporting... more »
NEW ORLEANS (AP) The person who designed the plan for the University of New Orleans to manage the first takeover of a failing public school in the city has announced his retirement. Dr. James Meza Jr., who's recognized nationally for his work involving the state takeover of Pierre A. Capdau... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Louisiana's education department is taking applications from organizations interested in operating new charter schools. The agency says it is also taking conditional applications from groups interested in taking over current operations, in case a current operator fails to qualify for renewal. Charters must be renewed every... more »