Get details on Summer workshops, LAPCS membership and a little gratitude.
Get details on Summer workshops, LAPCS membership and a little gratitude.
LAPCS at the 2018 National Charter School Conference in
Austin, Texas

Message from the Executive Director


It's hard to believe half of 2018 is gone! And that it's so hot! Hopefully, you're getting a moment to catch your breath, reflect and recharge your batteries.

LAPCS has had a busy June. One key focus has been on helping our members build strong, effective boards through the Top Shelf, including the New Orleans launch of our new Charter Board Leadership Academy, which will help develop the next generation of board leaders. Our hope is to expand that program to other parts of the state in the coming year, so stay tuned. 

Our Bottom Line team just returned from two days in North Louisiana working with school leaders, directors of finance and operations, and board members on important non-academic topics. Thanks to all of you who attended. It's always great to spend time with people we don't get to see often enough. 

Like many of you, LAPCS also traveled to the great state of Texas for the National Charter Schools Conference, where we were an active voice in the national conversation about charter schools. I should also note that we skipped hosting a state get together this year at the conference, but we received enough feedback that we won't make that mistake again! 

In closing, I'd like to take a moment and recognize a huge milestone in New Orleans. On July 1, all schools will return to the Orleans Parish School Board. After more than 12 years of work
, the Recovery School District will no longer have oversight of any New Orleans schools.
While there are many things to reflect up and look ahead to, I want to thank everyone who has been a part of the RSD. The work has been hard and we all realize there is work left to be done by OPSB. However, let's celebrate RSD's accomplishments that changed the expectations and hopes for what is possible for New Orleans students. While there are different opinions, one must concede that the RSD absolutely changed the conversation about public education and in so doing, forged their legacy.
On behalf of the LAPCS membership and staff, thank you! We will miss your contributions but look forward to continuing the work with the Orleans Parish School District.  

Regards, 
Caroline 

UPCOMING EVENTS

July 19-20
New Orleans 
June 30
Acceptance Letters
Sept. 14
New Orleans
Dec. 13-14, 2018
New Orleans

Charter Board Leadership Academy Preview Party

LAPCS inaugurated our Charter Board Leadership Academy with an incredible turnout from a supportive community. LAPCS and Charter Board Partners are grateful for all the support for this ground-breaking program to galvanize charter board governance. The theme of the night was "Governance is Important," as stated by Orleans Parish School Board Member Ethan Ashley. 
The goal of the Charter Board Leadership Academy is to create a pipeline of talented leaders to serve as the next generation of leaders in public charter schools. 
The academy kick-off date will be on August 25, 2018, and it will be followed by monthly workshops and seminars. 
Acceptance letters and the Class of 2018 will be announced on June 30, 2018.

Summer Training

New Orleans | July 19-20


The annual two-day, intensive mid-summer training program, brought to you by 4th Sector Solutions, helps schools troubleshoot specific student and operational issues that arose during the previous school year in preparation for the upcoming school year. 
TOPICS: Student and Staff Legal Compliance, including new laws from this legislative session that affect you; First Amendment Rights; Mandatory Reporting; and School Safety.
We'll also have a full-day workshop as we continue our Leadership Development Series. Registration is now open!
Breakfast and lunch provided. 
REGISTER NOW FOR NEW ORLEANS!

LAPCS MEMBERSHIP DRIVE IS NOW UNDERWAY!

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. 
LAPCS creates useful and practical professional development programs to support charter school leaders, administrators, and board members. We provide valuable resources and bring the experts to you throughout the year across the state. 
CURRENT MEMBERSHIP EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2018
RENEW NOW!

THE CAPITOL SCOOP:

A BUDGET DEAL HAS BEEN MADE 


On Sunday, June 24, the legislature adjourned the Third Special Legislative Session of 2018 with a budget deal that fully funds the state's programs, including higher education institutions and the TOPS program!
What's more is that the majority of the deal brokered is scheduled to last the next seven years--until June 30, 2025! To find out how this will impact you, your families, and your schools; read the Session Recap. 
We would also like to thank our legislators for working tirelessly over these many months to lead Louisiana forward and for making education issues a priority for our state.
The Governor has until June 30 to sign or veto bills passed by the legislature this year. Learn more about the major education bills in the latest Session Recap.
READ THE SESSION RECAP
THANK A LAWMAKER!

LAPCS MEETS WITH EDUCATION LEADERS FROM AFRICA

LAPCS hosted a delegation from East Africa/Mozambique to discuss challenges in education including pedagogy, funding, corruption, and accountability in K-12 education. The discussion was let by LAPCS external relations director Brady Shannon. The group from Mozambique included the Ministry of Education, teachers, prosecutors and others. The group is visiting as part of a cross-cultural program through the U.S. State Department and the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council.

BOTTOM LINE STATEWIDE TOUR TRAVELS TO MONROE

Each Summer LAPCS hits the road to meet with charter schools across the state as part of our Bottom Line Workshops on employment, finance, and operations.
We had a high turnout from charter school leaders, administrators, and board members from Lincoln Prep, Downsville Community, Linwood Public Charter, Children's Charter and Northeast Claiborne Charter at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Together we engaged in deep conversations concerning ethical dilemmas charter schools face on a daily basis, ways to troubleshoot common charter school problems through various internal audits, and what great leadership means within a charter school community. Many thanks to those who attended and to attorney Michelle Craig from Transcendent Legal for sharing with the group her employment law and charter school experience and expertise. 

NOLA CHARTER BOARD LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

The NOLA Charter Board Leadership Council is a gathering of representatives from charter boards across the city that meets quarterly. LAPCS acts as a facilitator for the council's meetings.
Together, the board members learn about new programming and initiatives and reflect on critical developments in the local educational landscape. These meetings play an important role in keeping boards connected to one another in New Orleans' soon-to-be unified school system.
At the council's June meeting, Patrick Dobard shared the strategies and priorities of his organization, New Schools for New Orleans, and stressed the importance of charter boards in unification. The council also considered the implications of recent events within the city on the responsibility of charter boards to ensure the viability of their organizations. 

EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP - Public School Options

Public School Options stopped by LAPCS' Lakefront offices to acknowledge the great partnership formed with LAPCS four years ago to address the Type 2 charter school funding lawsuit.
Tim Moran, PSO Executive Director, noted LAPCS' work following another lengthy, but successful legislative session for charter schools and also highlighted the prolonged legal battle that ended in a Louisiana Supreme Court victory for public charter school families.
Members of PSO Louisiana presented LAPCS with the "Champion of School Choice" award for our work to support, promote, and advocate on behalf of the state's 48,000 students who attend public charter schools. 

National Charter Schools Conference Highlights

Walton Foundation Announces $100 Million in New Grants

Mark Sternberg, Director of the Walton Family Foundation K-12 Program announced their $100 million grant initiative to continue supporting more inclusive classrooms, schools, teachers, and leaders at organizations.  → Read More
Caroline Roemer with state charter school organization leaders 
Recovery School District's (RSD) Kunjan Narechania discusses district /charter collaboration
Louisiana Supreme Court Victory touted as major court win for charter schools
"When we give parents a choice, we give students a chance."
George P. Bush 
Charter teacher Raven Osborne earned her bachelor's degree while attending a charter high school
NAPCS' Nina Rees outlined four challenges facing charter educators
Sydney Chaffe said, "Learning is sometimes messy!" The first-ever charter school teacher named National Teacher of the Year discussed the important intersection of social justice and education. Watch: 

Got a Team for 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!
A portion of the race proceeds will be donated to LAPCS for each participant or volunteer who signs up!
→ REGISTER FOR THE RACE 
→ DOWNLOAD & DISTRIBUTE THE FLYER 

MEMBER BENEFIT: BOARD BANK

SEARCHING FOR BOARD MEMBERS? 

LAPCS’ Top Shelf identifies and recruits capable professionals, or “Board Bankers," to serve on boards of public charter schools. As a membership benefit of LAPCS, partner schools may access the Board Bank to expand their boards or committees. To explore potential candidates for your board email Governance Director, Neil Ranu. 

MEMBER BENEFIT: FREE JOB LISTINGS

Gearing Up for the 2018-19 School Year?


One advantage of LAPCS membership is that you can submit your job posting to the LAPCS CAREERS PAGE, which gets 5,000 -10,000 hits per month. We also feature some job listings in our monthly newsletter that goes to a broader audience of public charter schools supporters. 
Also, each Friday we post new listings to our social media pages. Please take advantage of this member benefit! More information email Communication Director, Roby Chavez.

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We recognize the financial and operational challenges facing many schools today and are experienced in developing programs and systems that yield success in various settings. 
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