November 2015
Dear Charter School Supporter,
An important reminder: runoff elections will be held on Saturday, November 21. At stake are the Governor's seat and two key BESE seats in district 4 (Shreveport) and district 6 (Baton Rouge). It's no secret that the candidates for these seats hold very different views on education and charter schools. We encourage you to focus on the issues that matter to you and your school communities, get informed, and most importantly, get out and vote.
No matter the outcome of these races, the charter school community will face a very different landscape come January 2016 -- one that we must start preparing for today. You'll be hearing from LAPCS more frequently in the upcoming months as we as an association get ready for the new year. Beginning with National School Choice Week in late January and continuing through the 2016 legislative session, we'll be calling on all of you to stand up for charter schools by contacting your legislators, testifying on behalf of your school, and supporting our advocacy efforts. We know the landscape will be more challenging, but we hope that with your help, we will sustain and strengthen the charter school movement we've built over the past 20 years.
Start thinking about what it means for your school community to build your advocacy army, and how you are preparing your supporters for what's to come. A quick and easy way to do this is to start inviting your legislators and elected officials to your school events, like your upcoming holiday celebrations. Show policymakers how important your school is to your students, families, and communities -- and start building relationships with them now.
As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to thank the majority of charter schools in our state who have chosen to be members of LAPCS. Thanks for trusting us to be your advocate for the 80,000+ students, educators, and families you serve. 
Happy Thanksgiving!
Caroline Roemer
Executive Director, LAPCS

Survey Shows Louisiana Voters Support Charter Schools
A majority of Louisiana voters support charter schools, according to a recent survey commissioned by LAPCS.  Read the full press release.
Our Voice Nuestra Voz Releases OneApp Video
Our Voice Nuestra Voz (OVNV), a parent advocacy organization that builds the capacity of Latino parents in New Orleans, is helping parents with the OneApp enrollment process through their Preguntas sobre OneApp/ Questions about OneApp? campaign. Check out their FAQ video below and share widely!
Free Makerspace Teacher Training Program - Apply Today!
Propeller and IDIYA, in partnership with Capital One Bank, is excited to offer a no-cost 16-week makerspace teacher training program to public middle school teachers in Orleans Parish. Learn more.
The Top Shelf: Board Bank Highlights
To become a Partner School and take advantage of our Board Bank to help build your board and/or committees, visit The Top Shelf page on our website or contact Makiyah Moody, Governance Initiatives Director.
Kisha Laurent Gaudin, Available Board Banker
Occupation: Management Development Specialist/Human Resources
Expertise: Public Policy, Contracts, Volunteering, Public Relations, Management
"I would like to be part of an organization that truly cares and understands the vital role education plays in contributing to the greater good of the community."
Max Zwain, Board Banker Matched to ENCORE Academy
Occupation: Financial Services
Expertise: Strategic Planning, Management, Education, Fundraising, Community Outreach / Development
"As a dedicated member of the Greater New Orleans community, I hope to support ENCORE in a way that leads to school success for the students, parents, and faculty."
Partner Connection Spot
We are excited to welcome two new vendors to our Vendor Partner Program: EdTec and Futures Education! For more information on the program, please contact Donyell McGlathery, Director of Strategic Partnerships or visit our Vendor Partner Program page on the website.

EDTEC is a social venture founded in 2001 to develop, support and advance quality charter schools. Their exceptional team provides unparalleled expertise and support to charters across a comprehensive range of services, including: Back-Office / Business Services, Charter Application Development, PowerSchool Support, Student Achievement Data Analysis, and Student Assessment System Support. Learn more about their services here.

FUTURES EDUCATION is a private educational partner that has provided a continuum of special education supports to 300 charter schools and other school systems nationwide for over a decade. Futures partners with schools in special education service delivery, providing exemplary educational, programmatic, and consulting services with improved outcomes for students. Learn more about their services here.

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