LAPCS has got you covered and we're announcing a new charter board academy
LAPCS has got you covered and we're announcing a new charter board academy
Homer A. Plessy Community School Marches in
French Quarter Before LEAP Testing Begins

Message from the Executive Director

The past month has been a busy one for all of us with LEAP testing and lots of activity in Baton Rouge. It's that time of year when everyone is tired and looking forward to year-end celebrations. 
Speaking of celebrations, I have to give a big shout out to our members, as more than 70 percent of you responded to our recent facilities survey. As I’ve noted, this data will be critically important information to help us grow. I am confident the survey results will help ensure we solve our facilities challenges. 
Turning to Baton Rouge, the Legislature has been focused on trying to figure out how to resolve the state’s fiscal crisis, as legislators and advocates alike have been putting in long days and nights at the Capitol. Louisiana's charter schools have survived our toughest battles, but we are not out of the woods yet. Unfortunately, there has been an ever-growing theme this year to add charters to every education bill. Long gone are the days that we could assume charter schools would be excluded from bills that address traditional school district issues like teacher leave, curriculum, and school operations.
It is more important than ever to protect our autonomy. It's why we continue to fight and celebrate our wins against protectionist districts, like the most recent decision by the Supreme Court to deny a motion for rehearing the Type 2 charter schools case. 
For now, my checklist is done: 70% facilities surveys completed; attend BESE, Senate & House Education Committees meetings; fight protectionist districts; win at the Supreme Court (again); prepare for graduation ceremonies; raise money for GiveNola Day.
I don't know about you, but I'm ready to put on my flip-flops, grab a pina colada, and celebrate!


May 7-11
June 7-8
North Louisiana 
June 17-20
Austin, TX 
June 22, 2018
Application Deadline

Charter Funding Case: Supreme Court Win, Again!

The Louisiana Supreme Court has denied a request for a rehearing over how the state's charter schools are funded.

The denial was issued May 1.

In March, the court ruled that Type 2 charter schools are public schools and can continue to receive Minimum Foundation Program funds from the state.

TNTP Special Education Add-On Credential 

Apply to a year-long, virtual professional development program that offers certified general education teachers in Louisiana a pathway to receiving a Special Education certification!

This flexible and affordable online program is the perfect way to earn your Special Education certification over the next year, while you continue to teach in your current role. 

To be considered for the program, candidates must:
• possess current certification to teach a general education subject in Louisiana
• be a teacher of record in a Louisiana school
• be able to commit to 10 hours a week of professional development for a full year (June 2018-May 2019).

The deadline to apply is Monday, May 14.

#GiveNOLA | #GiveLAPCS 

We know you love public charter schools and LAPCS. Thanks for showing your love for GiveNOLA Day. It was a great day of giving which helps sustain our work which gives so much to our community. Many of our donations were $10 or more and we were overwhelmed at the generosity shown to us and many of our public charter schools. Thank you for being a part of this one massive day of giving! If you missed it, you can always make a tax-deductible donation to LAPCS by clicking the button below!

Board Member Reminder: Tier 3 Ethics Financial Disclosures Due May 15

The Louisiana Board of Ethics reminds you that you are required to file a Tier 3 Personal Financial Disclosure Statement if you serve as a member of the governing authority or management board of a charter school.

Walton Family Foundation Launches Two New Non-profit Lending Funds 

The Walton Family Foundation today announced the creation of the Charter Impact Fund and Facilities Investment Fund. The two distinct non-profit funds are supported through the foundation’s Building Equity Initiative, an unprecedented effort to make it easier and more affordable for public charter schools to find, secure and renovate facilities.
"Big challenges require bold solutions," Alice Walton, Walton Family Foundation Board Member
The Charter Impact Fund and Facilities Investment Fund will provide quicker access to long- and short-term financing, respectively.

Education Leadership Institute expands to Jefferson Parish 

In addition to Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the Education Leadership Institute is expanding to Jefferson Parish. Board members and school leaders are encouraged to apply for ELI's inaugural cohort in Jefferson Parish. 
Its Spring Cohort will focus on issues of educational quality and equity in Jefferson and how participants can build their knowledge of education policy and advocacy skills to improve schools for their community.
Applications are now being accepted! The cohort will run from June - September 2018. Applications are due by May 15, 2018. 


NEW: Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools is excited to announce our partnership with Charter Board Partners (CBP) to present the Charter Board Leadership Academy.

This academy is a selective program that consists of a series of workshops that cover the most critical issues facing charter school boards. The goal is to create a pipeline of dedicated, talented leaders from a wide range of backgrounds to serve as the next generation of leaders in Louisiana public charter schools.

FINAL: 73% of Charter Schools

Completed Facilities Survey 


RAFFLE WINNER: Congratulations to ENCORE Academy. You get two free tickets to 2018 Louisiana Charter Schools Conference!


We are starting to come to the end of the Regular Legislative Session. While there has not yet been an official declaration to end this session, legislators are moving through bills at lightning speed in anticipation of an early adjournment in May in order to begin the next special session.
For the most part, Louisiana's charter schools have survived our toughest battles, but we are not out of the woods yet. Unfortunately, there has been an ever-growing theme this year to add charters to every education bill.
Long gone are the days that we could assume charter schools would be excluded from bills that address traditional school district issues like teacher leave, curriculum, and school operations.
Every week, LAPCS has had to fight off bill amendments made both in committee and on the floor to add charter schools--and every day, it is becoming harder and harder to convince legislators as to why charter school autonomy should be protected.


Summer Training North Louisiana | JUNE 7-8 

Bottom Line Essentials is part of LAPCS' yearly trip around the state to meet with our members. The annual 2-day, intensive mid-summer training program helps schools troubleshoot specific student and operational issues that arose during the previous school year in preparation for the upcoming school year.

Be Visible: National Charter Schools Week

Every year, National Charter Schools Week gives us the chance to raise awareness about our amazing schools. Whether it’s highlighting the academic successes of our students or the strong parental demand for more schools, we have a lot to celebrate and share. We have partnered with the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools to make it easier for you to participate

Sign Up Your Team | The Great Inflatable Race 

It is time to start getting your teams together for The Great Inflatable Race New Orleans on November 3, 2018. We are looking forward to being this year's charity partner!
We hope your bands, cheerleaders, sports teams, school clubs and any other groups will join other schools for this fun competition! Don’t miss out on all of the bouncy fun where participants climb, slide and bounce with inflatable obstacles throughout the course.
A portion of the race proceeds will be donated to LAPCS for each participant or volunteer who signs up!

Coming Soon: Don't Forget to Renew Your Membership 

Thanks for your continued support, we have accomplished many of the goals we set this past year. In May, you will start receiving your renewal forms, and we hope you'll remember we work to make sure the voices of your charter school, your students and your families are being heard by local and state policymakers.
We count on you to support our vision for a Louisiana where all children reach their full potential. LAPCS is celebrating 11 solid years working to improve education in our state by supporting, promoting, and advocating for excellent public charter schools.



We are excited to be partnering with CharterBoards as part of our goal to make governance easier for public charter schools in Louisiana.

What is it? 

Charterboards makes board meetings easier and open-meeting compliance less of a hassle. Charterboards' mission is to simplify open-meeting compliance for charter schools. Charterboards is a web-based tool that makes it easier to create and organize meeting documents in one place, prepare all required meeting documents, and conduct more efficient board meetings.  


LAPCS members will receive a free 45-day trial of Charterboards and a special member rate of $100/month for the platform.



One advantage of LAPCS membership is that you can submit your job posting to The LAPCS CAREERS PAGE on our website, which gets 5,000-10,000 hits each month.
We also feature some job listings in our monthly newsletter that goes out to a wider audience supportive of public charter schools.
In addition, each Friday we post new listings to our social media pages. Please take advantage of this member benefit

Grad Solutions is our newest Vendor Partner. Grad Solutions was founded on the belief that every student has the ability to graduate high school. The program's primary focus is to make the goal of attaining a high school diploma within reach. The company is expanding to Louisiana to offer high school diploma options to students who have disengaged from high school.  → Learn More


JUNE 17-20, 2018 


#NCSC18 will be a valuable learning and networking experience attended by more than 4,700 charter school educators, administrators, board members, advocates, and other members of the charter school community.
It’s an incredible opportunity to meet and learn from the best in the field and further the charter school movement by celebrating our collective good work to move the needle on student achievement.
Not only will there be amazing networking opportunities at NCSC18, but the content will be top-notch. Join LAPCS in Austin!

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