Get Key Training on Harrassment in Workplace and Importan Facilities Survey
Get Key Training on Harrassment in Workplace and Importan Facilities Survey

Message from the Executive Director


It's hard to believe Mardi Gras has come and gone, and February is almost over! It was great to see so many public charter schools marching with pride in this year's parade celebrations.
Now it's time to pack away those beads and costumes, roll up our sleeves, and get to work, as there's a lot going on!
As part of our efforts to highlight the critical issue of facilities for our members, last week we hosted a discussion with Majority Whip Steve Scalise at Kenner Discovery Health Sciences. This followed on the heels of our participation 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. 
Equally crucial to gaining traction for needed changes, we are excited to partner on a major facility survey to help us better understand the current challenges our schools face in identifying viable sites and securing capital for school facilities. To make the most meaningful impact, we need a 90 percent completion rate among schools. Similar successful efforts in other states have led to millions of dollars secured in new charter schools facilities funding, as well as needed policy changes.
The survey kicks off a busy March that also includes a fundraiser where LAPCS is the charity partner for The Great Inflatable Race; the beginning of the regular Legislative Session; and a potential court decision on the Type 2-funding court case
In this issue, we hope you'll explore important LAPCS programs like the Vendor Partner program as well as our Top Shelf program, designed to assist LAPCS members in building effective boards. 
As always, we are thankful for your work to ensure high-quality educational options for all Louisiana's students and families.
Regards,
Caroline

 UPCOMING EVENTS

March 1- 2: Bottom Line Winter Training in Baton Rouge
March 3:
Baton Rouge
March 5 - 30:

IMPORTANT FACILITIES SURVEY STARTS MONDAY 


LAPCS is proud to announce that we are partnering with the Colorado League of Charter Schools and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools on a U.S. Department of Education national Charter Schools Facilities Initiative (CSFI) survey starting Monday, March 5, 2018. 

We are redoubling our facilities related efforts. It all starts with this survey. We hope we can count on you to assist us in making the case that all Louisiana children deserve adequate and equitable educational facilities. 
For CMOs: The survey will be sent directly to each of your campus principals, as the goal of the survey is to measure each campus individually. For principals, as the leader of your campus, we are asking you to make this a priority at your school.
While you will receive a personalized link to the online questionnaire on March 5, we wanted to provide access to the downloadable questionnaire in advance so you can preview it to assist in completing the online official version. Please see the attached file to review the questionnaire.
The deadline for completing the survey is March 30, 2018.  
We will follow-up with you in the coming days to determine the support you need to complete this survey. If you have any questions, please email Melissa Carollo
Please visit www.facilitiesinitiative.org to learn more about this project.

4 SURVEY TIPS

In order to use your time efficiently, please gather the following before beginning the survey: 

1. Current enrollment information. 

2. Actual utilities cost information for 2016-2017. 

3. Current facility loan and/or rent payments. 

4. Information about participation in local or state capital fund programs. 
GOT A QUESTION?

Congressman Steve Scalise Visits Charter School to Bring Awareness to Facilities Challenges 

As part of our renewed effort to raise awareness on facilities issues, LAPCS hosted U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise at Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy in Jefferson Parish. Rep. Scalise met with board members for a roundtable discussion with LAPCS Executive Director Caroline Roemer.
Board members and school leaders shared their concerns with Rep. Scalise that despite being public schools, their schools are not able to access the same financing tools to build schools as can district-operated schools. Additionally, board members discussed how high-performing charter schools, like Kenner Discovery, would like to expand and serve more students, but noted they face difficulties in financing and identifying school facilities. Roemer stressed that the federal government could play an essential role in making this happen by including charter schools in the infrastructure plan that is being considered in Congress. 
In Louisiana, specifically, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education mandates that 70% of a school's public MFP dollars be used on instructional costs, leaving only 30% to be used on such items as facilities and transportation. Additionally, board members told Rep. Scalise that currently, the Louisiana Bond Commission is not approving charter schools for tax-free bonds; impacting their ability to secure facilities or expand to serve more students. Scalise was quick to respond, "Let me go with you to the bond commission...I know a couple of them."
Following the roundtable, Scalise spent 90 minutes taking selfies with students, visiting a science class, and hosting a town hall-style meeting with students from the student council and civics classes. 

MEMBER BENEFIT 

NEED BOARD MEMBERS? SEARCH FROM THE TOP SHELF!


LAPCS’ Top Shelf Board Bank identifies and recruits capable professionals, known as “Board Bankers," to serve on boards of public charter schools. As a membership benefit of LAPCS, Partner Schools may access the Board Bank to expand their boards or committees. To explore potential candidates for your board email Governance Director, Neil Ranu. 

CURRENT PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • 330 Individuals Received Top Shelf and Bottom Line Training
  • 260 Potential Board members Identified
  • 80 Board Members Placed with Public Charter Schools 
JOIN A BOARD

REMINDER: BOTTOM LINE WINTER TRAINING IS

THURSDAY & FRIDAY


The Baton Rouge Bottom Line Winter Workshop is an intensive 2-day LAPCS training on March 1-2, 2018. Our workshops offer charter school staff, school leaders, and board members support and training in legal compliance, human resources, finance, general operations, and leadership.
Special Guest: Ronnie Slone of The Slone Group will kick off our new leadership component for 2018. In this session, we will debunk the myth of the natural born leader. Effective leadership can be learned or improved with an open mind, hard work, and consistency. 
Key Topics: Harassment in Workplace, Pay Transparency, Agreed Upon Procedure, Organizational Review, and Leadership.
REGISTER NOW!

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS SATURDAY!


CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!
Come to support LAPCS and our charter schools by volunteering at The Great Inflatable Race in Baton Rouge on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

A portion of their proceeds will be donated to LAPCS for each volunteer we provide.


SIGN UP FOR A VOLUNTEER SHIFT
REGISTER FOR RACE!
MEMBER BENEFIT: FEATURED JOB OPPORTUNITY

Crescent City Schools is in its seventh year as a non-profit Charter Management Organization. Their mission is to support and develop open-enrollment charter schools that raise student achievement and prepare students for college.
In preparation for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, there are 10 new positions available for teachers, operations & facilities manager, PE teacher, and school counselor. 
VIEW HOT JOBS!
POST A JOB!
PARTNER CONNECTIONS

Charter School Capital is proud to deliver access to growth capital and facilities financing to charter schools nationwide. Since 2006, Charter School Capital has provided more than $1.5 billion to 550+ charter schools, helping them provide a high-quality education to more than 689,000 students across the country. →Learn more.

Guarantee Restoration provides mitigation and reconstruction on residential and commercial property insurance claims from Fire, Smoke, Water, Mold, Bio-hazard, and HVAC services. 
→Learn more.

MEET OUR VENDOR PARTNERS

Using Data to Improve Novice Teacher Practice

TeacherSquared, a national center bringing together teacher educators – the teachers of teachers – to learn, share, and collaborate is hosting their third Teacher Educator Institute this May 7-9 in New Orleans. Join teacher educators from across the country for this Institute focused on Using Data to Improve Novice Teacher Practice. This institute is for new or experienced teacher educators interested in collaborating with other teacher educators to deepen their ability to use data to help the novice teachers they train to get better. This Institute will be a uniquely valuable professional development experience for teacher educators in a range of roles: from clinical professors and deans to coaches and directors, in both traditional and alternative teacher preparation programs.
Participants will leave with concrete tools and resources for immediate use in their practice, along with connections with teacher educators across the country. TeacherSquared hopes to see you there! For any questions, please reach out to teachersquared@relay.edu

Click here for more details and to register today! Early Bird Pricing is available through 3/9. Use the code “FRIEND2018” for an additional $200 off.
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 1-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. 

Charter Schools Join in the Beat of New Orleans' Marching Band Tradition for Mardi Gras

Warren Easton Charter 
Kipp Renaissance High
Langston Hughes Academy
Landry-Walker High
Sophie B. Wright Charter 
Alice Harte Charter

HAVE A GREAT MARCH! (PUN INTENDED)

About LAPCS
The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) is a membership organization that serves as a leading 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.
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