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Message from the Executive Director

It's hard to believe that LAPCS will be engaging in our tenth legislative session this year. Time flies when you're having fun! I keep thinking with each session that "next year will be easier," but we keep battling the same voices and the same issues each year. While this session is a shorter fiscal session, it seems to be following suit with a handful of bills with bad intentions as it relates to charter schools, including forcing schools into the state's retirement system and placing a moratorium on charter authorizing statewide. Not to mention we're in the middle of a lawsuit headed to the Supreme Court questioning if certain charter schools are public schools or not. With that being said, I'm inviting you to go on a road trip to Baton Rouge with me in May to defend against these attacks. See below for the specifics and please let me know if I can count on you to be there. 

Caroline Roemer
Executive Director
CHARTER SCHOOLS WEEK AT THE CAPITOL ON MAY 9, 10, 11, 2017 in Baton Rouge is one of our most exciting opportunities to #CelebrateCharters and rally our cause together.
Our goal this year is to increase our numbers and boost our signal with at least one representative from every school! It is the one week of the year when we can raise awareness and educate lawmakers about our amazing public charter schools. 
Here are 5 things you can do to make Charter Schools Week at the Capitol a success:

LEGISLATIVE SESSION BEGINS: It's all about the budget and #LaEd Bills

This year's shortened session started Monday and will focus  on the state's $1.5 Billion budget gap.

LAPCS will be there with our keen eye on Education. Follow our legislative updates and engage with your elected officials via our calls to action. 

Top 4 Charter School Bills to Watch

These four bills are designed to impact Public Charter Schools and need your attention. We will have more information and calls to action on these bills and others throughout the session; however your advocacy efforts start now - get informed and stay engaged!
  • OPPOSE: HB 546:
    Mandatory charter school TRSL participation, Havard (R)
  • OPPOSE: SB 87:
    Mandatory UAL/TRSL payments via MFP withholdings
    Morrish (R)  
  • OPPOSE: HB 239: Charter School Moratorium, Bouie (D) 
  • SUPPORT: HB 390: TOPS tiered-funding, G.Carter (D) 

LAPCS is excited to announce our partnership with Public School Options (PSO); an alliance of parents who supports and defends parents’ rights to access the best public school options for their children from charter schools to online schools. 

As we know too well, charter schools in Louisiana continue to be attacked from multiple fronts including a long string of legal threats, legislative battles and political attacks.

We’ve stood strong against the attacks and have no plans to stop. However, we need to do more and we need to do a better job at giving parents a voice and putting them in front of policy makers more often. Help build our parent support base by clicking here and sharing this link. 

By coordinating our efforts, we will continue our push forward to give our community a choice for public school options. To make this partnership a success, we need your help and input to make sure parents are advocating with a loud voice on every level.

Help us build our parent coalition with our new PSO partners. This will allow us to mobilize and engage parents. 



Remember LAPCS  on May 2, 2017 
 Meetings Tuesday April 18, 19
Legislative Updates Now

K-3rd Elementary Teacher – UP Elementary
UP Elementary in Baton Rouge seeks passionate K–3rd educators for the position of Elementary Teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. Teaching at UP Elementary is an ideal position for a teacher eager to grow and the desire to collaborate as part of a growing team. Learn more →
Middle School Science Teacher - Crescent City Schools
We are currently seeking teaching candidates interested in joining our inspiring Crescent City Schools team in the 2017-2018 school year. Crescent City Schools is now in our sixth year as a nonprofit Charter Management Organization. Our mission is to support and develop open enrollment charter schools that raise student achievement and prepare students for college. Read More →
IT Technician – Lycée Français
The IT Technician reports to the Director of Technology and provides information technology services, training and support across the various school campuses, also acting as the service representative for the computer/printer/phone/AV equipment and LAN, software and hardware for Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans. Learn more →
BESE Committees Meet Tuesday, April 18
Academic Goals & Instructional Improvement Committee: 
  • A presentation by the office of Lt. Gov. Nungesser on the many unique educational resources and opportunities for La. schools to incorporate into their curriculum
  • See the Board Docs
School Innovation & Turnaround: 
  • Charter contract amendments, extensions, and modifications for: GEO Prep, Norhtshore, Belle Chasse, Athlos, and Linwood
  • See the Board Docs
New Physical Education Standards: 
  • The Department of Education release new Physical Education Standards. They don't change the basic standard of 30 minutes of physical education class per day; however, classes will get an overhaul.
  • See the Board Docs
Constance Irene Yeaton
August 9, 1937 - March 2, 2017

New Orleans, Louisiana–Lifelong teacher, coach, principal, and friend Constance “Connie” Yeaton was 79. Constance moved to NOLA in the mid 60’s and if you’re a New Orleanian, chances are you, your kids, your cousin, or your momma or daddy were taught by Connie. She was an iconic principal, teacher, and coach in the City of New Orleans for over 40 years. Read More →
Robert George Evans, Jr.
Dec 2, 1954 - Mar 16, 2017

Robert Evans Jr., was a businessman and education reformer and a friend to LAPCS. Robbie died of pancreatic cancer on March 16. He was 62. Evans was devoted to the culture, food and people of New Orleans, but was frustrated by the shortcomings he saw in its education system. Evans' vision for education reform extended beyond the Choice Foundation's three charter schools. He used his position as a member of the Education Council of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry "as a platform to be very involved in state policy regarding public schools," Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White said. "What he cared about was this idea that when we set high expectations for students, that they can accomplish it," said Caroline Roemer, executive director of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools. Read More →
Orleans Parish School Board Presents Citywide Survey on Future of Public Education in New Orleans
Empowering Youth Through Running - Youth Run NOLA 504K
LAPCS was proud to be a part of 1200 people participating in the fourth annual Youth Run NOLA's 504K presented by St. Thomas Community Health Center. Over 350 young people representing 30 public and charter schools from Jefferson, St. Bernard, and Orleans ran, jogged, and walked alongside hundreds of family and community members! The unique 5.04-kilometer route through Crescent Park and the Marigny was followed by a post-race party with live music. 

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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