Message from the Executive Director

Hope everyone had the chance to experience the Solar Eclipse this week and I hope it marks the beginning of an astronomical 2017-18 school year! Speaking of major events, on September 5th LAPCS and the Type 2 charter community will be before the Louisiana Supreme Court for the case brought by the teachers union and a school district challenging both the public nature and funding of these schools. Our legal team and policy experts at LAPCS are working tirelessly to prepare as we ask the Court to side with our Type 2 charter schools and the communities they serve. This decision is important not just for those schools and families directly impacted across the state, but for all charter schools and those who advocate for and believe in parent choice when it comes to public education. There is no specific deadline for the ruling to be made, but it could come as early as October. We'll keep everyone informed as we get more information about the case.


SEPT. 29

ESSA Plan Approved by Education Department

The U.S. Department of Education approved Louisiana’s Every Student Succeeds Act or ESSA. Our state’s plan is now the fifth to be approved by the federal government. The approval meets the state’s longtime objective of a plan approved at the beginning of the school year. 
Because LDOE received approval from U.S. Department of Education later than expected, ESSA was not discussed at last week's BESE meetings as originally planned. As always, LAPCS will develop and provide you with as much charter school specifics on ESSA as possible as we continue to work with the Louisiana Department of Education.  
The Louisiana Department of Education will now move ahead with the following steps:
  • Publish drafts of policy revisions from BESE, with votes to approve the revisions to be taken at a future meeting.
  • Launch a competitive grant process to award funding to school systems with persistently struggling schools that submit evidence-based plans for improvement.


JCFA - Lafayette
Delta Charter
D'Arbonne Woods Charter
ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy
KIPP East Community Primary
Inspire NOLA


Our greatest work is just ahead. Thank you to all who stand with us as we head to the Louisiana Supreme Court for the Type 2 Funding Lawsuit; who joined LAPCS during the recent legislative session or when the NAACP brought its call for a charter ban to Louisiana. 
Mostly, thank you for the work that you do in your classrooms and schools.  Ultimately, our biggest defense against harmful legislation and lawsuits is the work charter schools do to serve students and families well. We could not exist without you. Please know, we value your membership with LAPCS.  
As one of your many membership perks, all of you received a copy of our members-only Back-to-School Legislative & Legal Guide and our School Leader Legal Handbook. If you didn't receive these two important items; it must be time to renew! You should have already received your renewal notices; if you haven't, please contact Melissa Carollo
  • Frequent updates during legislative session, including call to actions on bills affecting charter schools
  • Exclusive updates on Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) meetings and activities
  • Free and discounted professional development sessions through our Top Shelf and Bottom Line programs, which provide information and training on charter school governance, operations, finance, and other hot topics
  • Access to the Louisiana charter school job board, where you can post job opportunities
  • Group purchasing and access to trusted vendor partners through our Vendor Program
  • Individualized LAPCS staff support on issues ranging from crisis management, board recruitment & development, charter school operations & management, and policy development.



We can help at our Annual Financial Report Training. Join LAPCS at University View Charter Schools on September 15, 2017, for our Annual Financial Report (AFR) workshop with Steven Stanfield. Steven is the former Business Manager for DeSoto Parish and the author of both the AFR and LAUGH Guide. 
Not only will we be focusing on helping you complete the AFR, but we will also address coding issues that may be causing you to seem out of compliance with the 70% instruction expense rule.
(AP Photo)

Schools Chief John White Gets Positive Rating

BATON ROUGE — (AP) Louisiana's education superintendent has again received a positive job evaluation from the state's top school board, which didn't address criticism about the current contracting arrangement. 

OPSB Superintendent to Discuss Citywide Survey; Vision for Unified School District

The Orleans Parish School Board will begin a series of town halls about its path forward. Spread the word! The public is encouraged to attend one of four town hall forums and share their thoughts, insights, and concerns. 
As members of the community, it would be good to have charter school boards and leaders represented. Keep in mind, whatever vision comes out of the process; it will affect every charter that is part of the OPSB now and in the future. 
The OPSB will share findings from its recent Citywide Survey, discuss plans for the current and upcoming school year, and invite public comment. The forums are part of the OPSB’s public engagement efforts as the state’s Recovery School District (RSD) steps back and OPSB begins oversight of all New Orleans public schools for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. 

Alice Harte Elementary – Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m.
5300 Berkley Drive, New Orleans, LA 70131
KIPP Central City Academy – Thursday, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m.
2514 Third St., New Orleans, LA 70113
Lake Forest Charter – Thursday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m.
11110 Lake Forest Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70128
McDonogh 35 High School – Thursday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m.
4000 Cadillac St., New Orleans, LA 70122


The Recruitment Manager will play a critical role on the KIPP New Orleans Talent Team as we seek to recruit and retain a staff that represents “best in class” talent across our schools and region.


As we celebrate our 10th year, we are thrilled to have so many of you along for the journey. LAPCS remains dedicated to supporting, promoting, and advocating for charter schools in Louisiana. By joining LAPCS, you are making sure the voices of your charter school, your students, and your families are being heard by local and state policymakers.
Thank you to every one of our 2017-18 member schools and CMOs, who are listed below: 

Akili Academy of New Orleans

Algiers Technology Academy

Arise Academy

Baton Rouge University Preparatory Elementary

Bayou Community Academy Charter School

Bricolage Academy

Cohen College Prep

D'Arbonne Woods Charter School

Delta Charter School

Downsville Community Charter School

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology

Dwight D. Eisenhower Academy of Global Studies

Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy

ENCORE Academy

Friendship Capitol High School

G.W. Carver Collegiate Academy

Gentilly Terrace Elementary School

GEO Prep Academy

Harriet Tubman Charter School

Impact Charter Elementary

International High School of New Orleans

International School of Louisiana - Camp St

International School of Louisiana - Olivier St

James M. Singleton Charter School

JCFA - East

JCFA - West

Joseph A. Craig Charter School

Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School

Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy

KIPP Believe College Prep

KIPP Believe Primary

KIPP Booker T. Washington High School

KIPP Central City Academy

KIPP Central City Primary

KIPP East Community Primary

KIPP McDonogh #15 Middle School for the Creative Arts

KIPP McDonogh #15 Primary School for the Creative Arts

KIPP New Orleans Leadership Academy

KIPP New Orleans Leadership Primary

KIPP Renaissance High School

L.B. Landry-O. P. Walker College and Career Preparatory High School

Lake Area New Tech Early College High School

Lawrence D. Crocker College Prep

Livingston Collegiate Academy

Martin Behrman Elementary School

McDonogh #32 Literacy Charter School

Medard H. Nelson Elementary School

Mentorship Academy of Digital Arts

Mildred Osborne Charter School

Morris Jeff Community School

New Orleans College Prep aka Lawrence D. Crocker College Prep

Noble Minds

Northeast Claiborne Charter

Paul Habans Charter School

Pierre A. Capdau Charter School

ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy at Live Oak Elementary School

ReNEW Dolores T. Aaron Academy

ReNEW McDonogh City Park Academy

ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary School

ReNEW SciTech Academy at Laurel Elementary

Sci Academy

Slaughter Community Charter School

Success Preparatory Academy

Sylvanie Williams College Prep

The MAX Charter School

The NET Charter High School

V.B. Glencoe Charter School

Virtual Academy of Lafourche

Vision Academy

William J. Fischer Accelerated Academy

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