Message from the Executive Director

We are barely a month into the school year, and there is a flurry of activity to keep our eyes on—each with the possibility to have a long-lasting impact on the charter school movement. 
We began the month with our Type 2 Funding lawsuit before the Louisiana Supreme Court and by mid-October, we expect a decision. 
We are all still getting familiar with the new ESSA plan. LAPCS is connecting its members with the LDOE to make sure you’re aware of its impact and responsibilities upon your schools; especially with so many renewals and extensions before us.
We also just concluded our Leadership Council meeting in New Orleans with board chairs and board members. We expect to have similar outreach in other parts of the state. Look for updates from my team about how you can get involved. 
This month brought the inaugural convening of the LaSTEM Council, an effort to put more Louisiana students--especially women--on the path to high-wage, high-demand careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields. LAPCS is proud to be part of the 29-member appointed panel. 
We are closely watching an upcoming ballot measure in New Orleans that will seek voters' support for critical school funding measures. We ask each school in New Orleans to make sure its parents and communities have the vital information on the three millages that are up for renewal.
Finally, it has been a month of change for our organization as we moved to new offices designed to serve all of you better. Look for details about our upcoming Sunset Happy Hours overlooking Lake Pontchartrain! Please visit our new home.
Regards,
Caroline

UPCOMING EVENTS

September 29 
Deadline for LAPCS Charter School Excellence Awards
December 13-14: Louisiana Charter Schools Conference in New Orleans

New Orleans Public School Millage Renewals Face Critical Vote 

New Orleans voters will decide October 14 whether to renew a trio of property taxes that provide nearly $40 million annually for local public schools including public charter schools. Together, the millages bring in about $850 per student annually; roughly 7 to 8 percent of a typical school's budget.
LAPCS is working with several organizations, including our sister organization Louisiana Charter Schools in Action, to underscore the critical importance of the funding with an extensive informational campaign at community meetings. 
The renewals fund important school functions including basic supplies like textbooks, vital programs, and teacher salaries. Orleans Parish School Board Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. estimates that a failed vote would likely mean painful budget cuts for schools. For example, a school of 600 students would lose roughly $500,000 of its operating budget.
Early voting begins September 30, 2017. 

LAPCS Hosts Citywide Board Chair Meeting in New Orleans to Discuss ESSA 

In order to facilitate opportunities for charter board members to connect and learn about issues that impact our schools, LAPCS recently launched a bi-monthly meeting to address the specific needs of board chairs. This month's discussion focused on accountability. With many schools up for extensions and renewals in the next two years, combined with the State’s recently approved ESSA plan, we anticipate lots of challenges ahead. 
During the meeting, RSD Superintendent Kunjan Narechania focused on the new levels of accountability that our schools must meet in the coming years under ESSA. The challenge is to improve from basic to mastery. This will be the new baseline. Narechania identified three areas that have been shown to lead to improved student outcomes including curriculum, professional development, and student assessment.

MAJOR SPONSORS ANNOUNCED FOR #LAPCS10

TITLE SPONSOR: Adams and Reese, LLP

LAPCS is proud to announce Adams & Reese, LLP as Title Sponsor for our 10th Anniversary Louisiana Charter Schools Conference. Adams and Reese have been a long-standing supporter and partner of the charter school movement. We are grateful for their support of our community and are excited to have their wonderful team join us again. Be sure to visit their website and booth during the event to learn more about their services.

RECEPTION SPONSOR: Transcendent Legal

LAPCS is excited to welcome Transcendent Legal as our Reception Sponsor for #LAPCS10. It is our 10th Anniversary and we are glad to have new partners like Transcendent Legal to support our statewide gathering for the charter school movement. We are grateful for their support of our community and invite you to get to know their wonderful team. Visit their website and booth during the event to learn more about their services. 
BECOME A SPONSOR!

LAPCS Seated on State Panel to Help Prepare More Students for STEM Careers

Louisiana launched a new bid this month to elevate one of the hottest fields in education and improve on the dismal number of women in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. The targeted fields – known as STEM – are the focus of an influential panel authorized by the Legislature earlier this year. LAPCS is a member of the 29-person panel and is represented by Patty Glaser, founder of Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy. The goal of the LaSTEM Council is to boost student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math; align student skills with fast-growing workforce needs, and increase the number of women with STEM degrees. 

LAPCS HAS A NEW HEADQUARTERS!

In September, LAPCS moved from downtown New Orleans to new offices on beautiful Lake Pontchartrain. The move allows us to have our more space and the opportunity to expand our Bottom Line & Top Shelf programming to serve our members better. We have great new neighbors in The Brown Foundation Center including Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, YMCA of Greater New Orleans, New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation, Nature Conservancy, and others.  
→Our New Address: 320 Metairie Hammond Highway, Suite #402, Metairie, LA 70005. 

Happy Hour on November 9
4 - 6 pm 
Details Coming Soon!

Looking for Charter Champions

We hope you enjoy our newsletter highlighting important information from the Louisiana education landscape. Our goal is to add insight into how new policy impacts your public charter school as well as keeping you informed about the current charter school movement with various news and resource tools. We also want to share news about our school members and partners. If you have an item of interest, click the NEWSLETTER IDEA link below. 
NEWSLETTER IDEA?

Lunch & Learn Series: School Leadership and Staff Culture

Boards and school executives each have a role to play in promoting positive and legally compliant staff cultures at their charter schools. Board members and school administrators are invited to attend a lunch workshop on October 11th. This workshop is hosted in partnership by LAPCS and the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL). Presenters will include Sarah Vandergriff of LAPCS and Keith Courville of A+PEL.
LEARN MORE!

Got a Job Listing?

Check out the latest job opportunities from charter schools and partner organizations across the state on our Careers Page!
If you are a member school and would like to post jobs on this page, please contact our Communications Director, Roby Chavez at rchavez@lacharterschools.org.
POST A JOB?

Morris Jeff Community School Recipient of $60K VH1 Save The Music Foundation Grant

Congratulations to Morris Jeff Community School, the only elementary school in Orleans Parish that is authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP), received a $60,000 grant from VH1 Save The Music Foundation which will allow the school to start a band program for its middle school students.
The grant brings more than 35 band instruments for students, along with method books, music stands, music racks and staff training. “Music education facilitates and supports all learning,” said Principal Patricia Perkins. “Our school’s mission is to help each student develop fully their unique talents, and music is a pathway to excellence and creative freedom for many of our young people in New Orleans.”
PARTNER CONNECTIONS SPOT







Community Coffee Kicks Off Cash for Schools

The Community Cash for Schools program was started 27 years ago to enable Community Coffee's loyal customers to give back to their local schools. Since 1988, schools have earned over $6,700,000 for new textbooks, computers, playground equipment, and even a natural bird sanctuary for a science class! Each year schools earn thousands of dollars to support the education of our youth--just think what that money could mean for your school!
The program allows educational institutions to raise money by collecting proof of purchase labels from Community Coffee products. It encourages teamwork between parents and children and fosters relationships between schools and local businesses since students can collect higher-value proof of purchases labels from business-to-business products. Each school chooses where to apply the funds they earn. 

LGBTQIA Leadership Summit 

The non-profit New Orleans GSA Network, powered by BreakOUT, is running a LGBTQIA Leadership Summit on September 23-24 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. GSA is offering a weekend space where students can gain leadership skills on creating GSA (gender & sexuality alliance) clubs at their schools, opportunities to begin base building with an extensive network of young leaders, and learn their rights at school and on the street.
Saturday, September 23rd will also see a separate Teacher and Administrator Track, during which teachers and school administrators can learn to serve LGBTQ students best. Topics to be covered include:
  •          LGBTQ 101
  •          Best Practices for Creating Transgender Affirming Classrooms
  •          Legal Rights of LGBTQ Students
  •          Supporting a GSA in Your School
  •          Adultism 101
  •          Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline for LGBTQ and Undocumented Youth
The summit will take place at 1529 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.

Up to $4,000 per year is available to qualified K-12 schools

Fuel Up to Play 60 has started accepting grant applications for the next funding cycle. Funding opportunities are available to any qualified K‐12 school enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60. Sponsored by the National Dairy Council, state and regional Dairy Councils, and other supporting organizations, the competitive, nationwide funding program provides money up to $4,000 per year, per school to jump start healthy changes. Funds are used to help your school implement one Healthy Eating Play and one Physical Activity Play from the 2017‐2018 edition of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook.
TO QUALIFY FOR FUNDING, SCHOOLS MUST:
  • Enroll in Fuel Up to Play 60
  • Have a registered Program Advisor
  • Participate in the National School Lunch Program
Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Nature Conservancy Grants Available to Charter Schools 

The Nature Conservancy is awarding grants to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. These include access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, and stormwater collection. Young people will work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation.
Grants of $2,000 will be awarded to 60 public or charter schools across the United States. See the detailed grant description linked on this page for full requirements, guidelines, important dates, and online application information. Samples of an application, an applicant commitment letter, and an administration letter of support are also available.
Application Deadline:  Submitted online by 5 PM ET November 3, 2017
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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