June 2016
Dear Charter School Supporter,
On June 4, the charter school movement celebrated its 25th anniversary. That's 25 years of parents, families, educators, and community leaders coming together to demand more from public education; 25 years of providing parental choice in education to our families; and 25 years of breaking ground in serving students across the country.
I'm proud to be a part of this growing movement in a state like Louisiana, which has one of the oldest and strongest charter school laws in the country. We celebrate the successes we've seen and the students we've served well; at the same time, we must also continue to challenge ourselves to do better, to be more innovative, and to keep fighting for high quality public school options for every child. 
As we close out this year's legislative session, I believe that we still have our work cut out for us -- from the changing laws at the federal and state levels to the pushback we've seen from charter opponents, this work is anything but easy. Please see below for some updates on what you'll need to know as we head into the 2016-17 school year.
I remain hopeful that the charter school movement in Louisiana and beyond will continue to thrive, thanks to those who have dedicated themselves to the cause of great public schools, like you. Thank you, to our families who have chosen charters, our charter school educators who have changed lives, and all of our allies who fight the good fight on behalf of kids every day. 
Caroline Roemer
Executive Director, LAPCS

Charter School News & Updates
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Charter School Excellence Awards! Winners will be announced in December at our conference.
The National Alliance has several resources on understanding ESSA and its implications for charters: 
Upcoming Bottom Line summer trainings: June 16-17 in Grambling, covering finance & operations, and July 7-8 in New Orleans, covering SPED compliance, abuse prevention, risk management, and updates to state & federal laws.
New opportunities for the 2016-17 school year now available with charter schools across Louisiana.
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