Check out the LAPCS 2018 calendar for our statewide training events.
Check out the LAPCS 2018 calendar for our statewide training events.

Message from the Executive Director


Dear Charter Advocates, 
January is almost a distant memory, but we hope your 2018 is off to a great start! The beginning of the year is always a great time to make – and keep – resolutions!  We hope many of you have resolved to keep working hard at making transformations happen in your school communities. LAPCS stands ready to lead you in those efforts.
We have made a few resolutions of our own and are kicking off 2018 with a new three-year strategic plan. We intend to expand and deepen our programming to better support all of the state’s 148 public charter schools that serve more than 80,000 students. We are also committed to supporting you and addressing the needs of our member schools through our advocacy and policy work where LAPCS represents the official voice of state charter schools in Louisiana. We vow to represent your best interests in legislative task forces and other meetings, including those with elected officials, the state’s public school leaders, and our community partners. 
At our recent annual conference, Superintendent John White said, “LAPCS is one of the greatest associations in our country.” We have worked hard for that reputation and hope you know it is all in support of you! 

The new year has brought with it a number of headlines about several of our charter schools that has deepened our resolve to support, promote and advocate on your behalf. As part of our new strategic plan, in 2018 we will intensify our training efforts for school leaders, support staff, and school boards, with our Top Shelf and Bottom Line programming offering more professional development opportunities in legal compliance, ethics training, human resources, finance, and general operations. These are offered at greatly reduced rates so that you can focus your school budget in the classroom.
As we resolve to improve and grow our programming and provide more resources that help advance and sustain our schools, we hope you will resolve to participate as partners in these trainings and our advocacy and policy work in 2018. Together, we can continue to advance the movement and expand quality school choices throughout our great state!

In partnership, 

Caroline

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 3: 

The Great Inflatable Race
Baton Rouge
March 12: The Start of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session

Participation in Upcoming Facilities Funding Survey Needed


The Charter Schools Facilities Initiative (CSFI) is a national initiative to research and quantify charter school access to adequate educational facilities space and funding.
Look for a Charter Schools Facilities Initiative survey to be coming your way in February/March of 2018. In partnership with the Colorado League, LAPCS is asking all charter schools in Louisiana to participate in this survey for a study being funded by the US Department of Education. 
The purpose of this survey is to gather information on charter schools facilities issues to facilitate conversations that in other states have led to millions of dollars in charter schools facilities funding.

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MEMBER BENEFIT: STAY CONNECTED 

Receive up-to-date information from LAPCS' Legal and Policy Director, Sarah Vandergriff, on proposed education bills during the legislative session as well as participate in real-time group discussions on the potential impact of those bills. These are real-time updates as legislation progresses. Advocacy Corps members receive approximately 2-4 emails per week during legislative session.  This service is for member schools only and you can only register via email by clicking the button below.

JOIN ADVOCACY CORPS

SUPPORT LAPCS: The Great Inflatable Race

LAPCS is proud to be this year's charity partner for The Great Inflatable Race coming to Baton Rouge on March 3, 2018! 
It is a fun run where participants climb, slide and bounce with inflatable obstacles spread throughout the course. Because LAPCS has partnered with The Great Inflatable Race this year, a portion of the race proceeds will benefit LAPCS. We hope you'll get all of your friends, family and school community to sign up!!
It doesn’t matter if you are a participant or a volunteer. If you sign up, it benefits LAPCS and the Charter School Community!
March 1-2: Winter Bottom Line Training - Baton Rouge | LAPCS' Bottom Line program offers charter school staff, school leaders, and board members professional development in the areas of legal compliance, human resources, finance, and general operations.
March 2: Leadership Training - Baton Rouge | The second day of the Bottom Line Training will feature a special leadership development workshop with Ronnie Slone of the Slone Group.
June 7-8: Bottom Line Training - North Louisiana |  Professional development training in legal compliance, human resources, finance, and general operations for charter school staff, school leaders, and board members.
July 12-13: Summer Bottom Line Training Program - New Orleans | This annual 2-day, intensive mid-summer training program helps schools troubleshoot specific student and operational issues that arose during the previous school year in preparation for the upcoming school year.
September: AFR Training | An annual one-day, intensive, training program held in early fall that helps schools with the preparation of their Annual Financial Reports and audits.
December: Apply Yourself | Annual 1-day high-intensity Bottom Line workshop for those preparing charter school applications. 

TAKE ACTION!

The White House’s infrastructure proposal was recently leaked and does not include funding for the acquisition, renovation, or expansion of school facilities for either charter schools or district-operated schools. Let the White House know that the plan should be revised to include our schools before it is sent to Congress—this is a major opportunity for your charter school to secure the resources you need!
LAPCS has directly contacted our Louisiana congressional delegation, in particular, Majority Whip Steve Scalise, to bring this issue to their attention. At this time, the White House has not yet officially submitted its plan to Congress, but we expect President Trump will soon move on this issue once a more long-term agreement on the budget is made. However, if you would like to take action now, please participate in the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools' call to action to tell President Trump that public schools should be included in any infrastructure plan. 
TAKE ACTION
Students at Hynes Charter School


THANK YOU FOR TAKING PART IN NATIONAL SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK ON JANUARY 21-27!

MEMBER BENEFIT: Free Job Posts

Many of our schools have already started to gear up for the 2018-2019 school year. One advantage of LAPCS membership is that you can submit your job posting to our CAREERS page on the LAPCS website, which gets 5,000-10,000 hits each month. We also feature some job listings in our monthly newsletter that goes out to a wider audience supportive of public charter schools. In addition, each Friday we post new listings to our social media pages. Please take advantage of this member benefit. See our featured listings below. Email job listings HERE or clicking the button below. 

FEATURED JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Assistant Director

Athlos Academy of Jefferson Parish is a new, tuition-free public charter school in Terrytown serving students in grades K-6 beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. The school’s mission is to provide high-quality educational opportunities for the whole child built on the three foundational pillars: Prepared Mind, Healthy Body, and Performance Character.  →READ THE JOB DESCRIPTION

Teacher/Advisor: Leave Coverage with Possible Move to Permanent Position

The NET Teacher/Advisor position is a unique opportunity to teach and work intensively with small groups of your favorite students—the ones that don’t seem to excel in traditional classrooms. →LEARN MORE

Director of Special Education

The Director of Special Education is responsible for overseeing all special education-related services, including coordinating multidisciplinary evaluations, as prescribed by LA Bulletin 1508, and monitoring implementation of special education services, as per students’ individualized education plans (IEPs), ensuring compliance. → 5 MORE LYCEE JOBS

RECAP: Louisiana Charter Schools Conference 

               A Major Success

On December 13-14, 2017, LAPCS hosted our 10th Anniversary Louisiana Charter Schools Conference in New Orleans and marked a decade of work with the theme “Preservation and Longevity.” The annual conference is the only statewide conference in Louisiana dedicated to bringing together charter school educators, experts, and advocates for a day of learning and networking. 

Key Conference Facts:  


  • 300 Attendees
  • 63 Speakers & Panelists
  • 13 Major Sponsors
  • 10 Session Strands
  • Conference rated 9.6 out of 10 by Attendees
  • 60 Exhibitors
  • 247 App Downloads
  • 5,600 Conference Website Page Views 
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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