Message from the Executive Director

It was great to see so many from Louisiana at the National Alliance Annual Conference this year in D.C. It was an honor for me to present with Dr. Howard Fuller and Chester Finn and share our views on 25 years of charter schools. And I was proud to see a packed room for LAPCS' Sarah Vandergriff and LaPiana's Makiyah Moody's clever presentation on the “Deadly Sins” of charter board members. A thank you to Adams and Reese for hosting our reception; it doesn’t get much better than a rooftop overlooking the U.S. Capitol. (party photos below)
There were lots of discussions throughout the conference, but one that struck me in particular was about stand-alone and rural charters. From Beekman to Glencoe, some of Louisiana's best charter schools are both single site and located in rural communities; they are also in high demand. These schools serve as proof points that choice in public education isn’t just an urban phenomenon. As advocates, we need to do better engaging those educators and families with policy makers to make the point that these are home grown, hometown people who are creating great schools with minimum resources for some of our highest need families. 
On a personal note, our thoughts and prayers are with Congressman Steve Scalise and his family as he continues his recovery after being shot by a gunman Wednesday. Representative Scalise is a kind man and staunch supporter of our Louisiana charter schools. He often visits with charter schools in his district and is a strong advocate in D.C. for school choice. Steve and his family are personal friends to me and a friend to LAPCS, we wish him well and a speedy recovery.

Regards,
Caroline Roemer
LAPCS Executive Director

Nominations for 2017 Charter School Excellence Awards are Now Open 

Every year, LAPCS recognizes and honors excellence in the public charter school movement in Louisiana through its annual Charter School Excellence awards. This year’s awards will be presented on December 13, 2017 at the Welcome Reception for our 10th annual Louisiana Charter Schools Conference in New Orleans.
Nominations and Award Applications must be received by September 29, 2017.

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Pictured: 2016 Charter School Excellence Awards Winners with LAPCS Executive Director, Caroline Roemer → READ MORE

COMMUNITY ROOTS AWARD

The Community Roots Award recognizes a Louisiana charter school that demonstrates a commitment to community engagement through the development of partnerships with organizations, programs, and/or individuals from outside their school building to better meet the needs of their students, teachers, and overall school community.   → READ MORE

INNOVATIVE EDUCATION AWARD

The Innovative Education Award recognizes a charter school that has successfully implemented an innovative practice in academics, finance & operations, or governance that has moved the school forward in a positive direction.   → LEARN MORE

EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNANCE AWARD

The Excellence in Governance Award recognizes a charter school board member or a charter school board as a whole for exemplary service on behalf of their school and the students and families they serve.  → READ MORE

#LAPCS10 IS COMING SOON

The10th Annual Louisiana Charter Schools conference countdown clock has started!
LAPCS10 will be held December 13-14, 2017 in New Orleans and we want to see you there! It has been an exciting 10 years for the Louisiana Association of Public Charters Schools and our charter movement in Louisiana. You won’t want to miss this pivotal anniversary where we’ll celebrate our big wins; plan for what’s next; and strategize to keep our opponents from taking quality educational options away from our children and families.  
LAPCS10 → REGISTER NOW

Devos Urges Charter Advocates to Embrace Wider View of School Choice at National Charter Schools Conference

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Tuesday praised the choice that charter schools provide while cautioning charter advocates they aren’t a panacea to fix education’s ills and should seek out new innovations.

"Charter schools were created to provide options for children who weren’t served well by public schools, and early charter leaders weren’t afraid to embrace flexibility and innovation," DeVos told the National Charter Schools Conference. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Bottom Line Summer Trainings

NORTH LOUISIANA TRAININGS - MONROE

This LAPCS Bottom Line 2-day training event will be held at the University of Louisiana Monroe.
Topics: 
  • Employee and ADA Compliance
  • Contract Renewals, Succession Planning, Long-term Strategic Planning
  • Organizational Sustainability and Viability
  • Professionalism of Serving on Public Charter School Boards
When: June 22-23 
REGISTER NOW MONROE

NEW ORLEANS TRAININGS

This LAPCS Bottom Line 2-day training event will be held at the office of Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans. It will be focused on student issues and employment best practices. 
When: July 13-14, 2017
Topics:
  • Immigration Issues
  • Bullying Laws
  • Restraining Students and New SPED Laws
  • Social Media
  • Employer and Teacher Development Best Practices
REGISTER NOW NOLA

Emerge Summit and Millennials Awards Coming on July 14th and 15th

GNO, Inc. and The Spears Group are excited to announce the inaugural Emerge Summit, a one-day conference event for young professionals, in partnership with The Millennials Awards, during the summer of 2017.
 
On July 14, 2017, Emerge Summit will bring together hundreds of young professionals to engage and learn from each other’s experiences across a variety of topics comprising leadership, business development, and marketing. The inaugural Summit will feature an impressive line-up of speakers from across the U.S. to provide a series of educational and thought-provoking platforms that inspire creative and innovative ideas for personal & career development.  → Learn More

TEACHER OF YEAR FINALIST 2018

FirstLine Schools Lorraine Fedison-Winder teaches fourth grade at Langston Hughes Charter. Honorees had to show leadership and hold "exceptionally high academic expectations for all students," among other qualifications.
 
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FEATURED JOB OPPORTUNITY

Special Education Teacher

The NET seeks a full time, special education teacher to provide support for students who most severely struggle academically and/or behaviorally.
This position is a unique opportunity to work intensively with your favorite students—the ones who don’t seem to excel in traditional classrooms.  You will join a highly dedicated and mission aligned team of professionals striving to ensure that all special education students receive the high quality supports they deserve.  → Get the Job!
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FREE HERTZ FURNITURE GIVEAWAY - ACT NOW! 

Win a Flexible Learning Area for Your Charter School from Hertz Furniture. To promote their new affordable Flexible Learning Area Starter Packages, Hertz Furniture is giving one away to one lucky charter school. Starter Packages include 60 pieces of furniture, room design, free shipping, installation, lifetime warranty, and even your logo! The discounted all-in-one packages make it easy and affordable to modernize your Media Center, Classrooms, Commons Area, or any other room in your school. 

National Charter Schools Conference 2017

Cocktail Reception Hosted by Adams and Reese LLP 

Here are a few pictures from our NCSC17 Louisiana Party hosted by Adams and Reese. It doesn’t get much better than a rooftop party overlooking the U.S. Capitol. Great charter connections, food and fun! (Photos courtesy of: Nette Archangel and Eddrick Hodges from LAVCA - Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy)
About LAPCS
The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) is a membership organization that serves as a voice for charter schools in Louisiana. We work in partnership with charter schools and community supporters to support, promote, and advocate for high quality charter schools that provide educational choice to families statewide. Learn more about us and get involved.
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