Message from the Executive Director

As most of you close out your school year, LAPCS applauds your school communities for all the hard work you've put into your classrooms. Thanks to everyone that joined us at the Capitol, responded to our surveys, attended our board training sessions, and donated to our Legal Defense Fund. 

Our summer will be busy with Bottom Line and Top Shelf support programs, prepping for the historic Louisiana Supreme Court case and attending possibly yet another special legislative session. And we hope to see some of you at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Annual Conference in Washington D.C. in June. Several LAPCS staff members will be presenting and we will be co-hosting a special reception for Louisiana attendees with Adams and Reese. 

Thanks again for all you do on behalf of students, educators and the families you serve. Have a great summer!

Caroline Roemer
Executive Director
On Friday, May 12, the Louisiana Supreme Court decided to hear the Iberville challenge to charter school funding. This means the Type 2 Lawsuit is officially moving forward and will be considered by the state's highest court. 

Top 3 Things You Need to Know: 
  1. Briefs will be submitted in June.
  2. Plaintiff’s response is due 20 days later. 
  3. Oral arguments will likely be held in the Fall. 
If we are to turn back this challenge, we must have the resources to win the lawsuit. Keep in mind, we have secured a funder for $100,000 but it requires we make a match. To date, we have only raised half the amount. If you have not already contributed, take action now and ask your boards to support this legal defense fund to cover the litigation costs to protect our Type 2 schools. 

Our legal team continues to work closely with the Louisiana Department of Education and we will keep you informed as new details emerge and we move forward. 
LAPCS WANTS YOU for our upcoming Top Shelf and Bottom Line trainings. This will be a two-day intensive mid-summer training program to help schools troubleshoot in the areas of Finance, HR, Legal Compliance, and other leadership and governance best practices. For more information email: Melissa Carollo.
Northern Louisiana Training
Location: University of Louisiana - Monroe
Date: June 22-23, 2017
NOLA Training 

Location: Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans

Date: July 13-14, 2017

Join us for the 10th Annual Louisiana Charter Schools Conference
LAPCS will host the only statewide conference in Louisiana dedicated to bringing together charter school educators, experts, and advocates for learning and networking.
Our 10th annual Louisiana Charter Schools Conference will be held in New Orleans this year!
WHEN: December 13-14, 2017
WHERE: New Orleans Hyatt Regency

(Courtesy: above: Landry Walker; below: Algiers Charter/ATA)
We salute the Class of 2017 and all those who helped them on their successful educational journey. We want to hear your inspirational stories of charter school graduates around Louisiana. Email us here and stay tuned to FACEBOOK and TWITTER for photos and more! 

RECAP & WINS: Charter Schools Week 2017
Charter Schools Week at the Capitol was a success in many ways. There were several key victories we want to highlight; including our first year that many parents attended from our partnership with Public School Options.
Our biggest legislative victories came after defeating two of the most anti-charter bills in the House and Senate Education Committees: HB 239, Bouie (establishes a charter school moratorium) and SB 87, Morrish (reallocates charter school funding to Teacher Retirement System debt, even if a charter school does not participate in that retirement system). 
We had a lot of great people come out to testify, write letters, participate, and meet lawmakers. LAPCS thanks you! 
We’re approaching a crossroads in the charter school community. In 2017, we will gather together at the National Charter Schools Conference (NCSC17), June 11-14 in Washington, D.C to be informed and discuss how the new Administration will shape the work we do every day on behalf of students and families.

NCSC17 will bring together charter school professionals from across the nation for professional development, networking, and fun in our nation’s capital. Gain valuable resources and learn best practices with dozens of hands-on workshops and sessions presented by national experts. With thousands of your peers in attendance, you’ll have unparalleled opportunities to share advice, build relationships, and connect with what’s going on nationally in the charter movement. 
We’re especially looking forward to NCSC17 Keynote Speakers Netflix CEO, innovator and charter supporter Reed Hastings as well as Capital Preparatory School and motivational speaker Dr. Steve Perry. 
LAPCS is excited to announce we will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the annual National Alliance Conference. We hope you'll join us and check out our presentation on Tuesday, June 13, at 9:30 a.m. when legal & policy director Sarah Vandergriff and LAPCS' former governance director Makiyah Moody present "The 7 Deadly Sins of Charter School Board Members." Let us know if you will be attending so we can update you on any Louisiana gatherings! 
At the 2016 conference, there were more than 4,200 attendees. NCSC hosted 130 breakout sessions, two unconference sessions, 23 meet-ups, five after hours hangouts, three general sessions and one awesome block party!

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Curt Eysink
Age: 53

LAPCS mourns the loss of our friend and former board member Curt Eysink.  He was a huge advocate for Louisiana students and believed deeply that great education opportunities was the best way to improve our state. He was also a proud graduate of O. Perry Walker High School in New Orleans and often spoke about his time there. We send our condolences to his family and the many friends he leaves behind.

Curt Eysink lived so that others could have a better life. When he died at age 53, he had done more for his family, friends, and his beloved state of Louisiana than men who have lived well past their expected years. He was born in South Africa, but he moved around the world, following the work of his father and mother to Scotland, Australia, Venezuela, and Holland. His father got a job in New Orleans, and Curt landed in Louisiana where he went to school at LSU and then stayed to pursue work that was always filled with purpose: serving the civic good as a journalist; improving health care; and, most important to him, turning the Louisiana Workforce Commission into an agency that gave tens of thousands of his neighbors a chance at good jobs and purposeful work too.  Read More →

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