The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) and seven Type 2 charter schools filed a petition in the 19th Judicial District Court of East Baton Rouge to intervene in and counter a lawsuit by the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE) that could potentially strip 33 charter schools of their Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) funding and threaten their closure.

The petition, along with LAE's motion for a preliminary injunction to stop funding to Type 2 charter schools as early as November 15, 2014, will be heard Wednesday, October 29.

A second lawsuit, Iberville Parish School Board v. Louisiana State BESE and the State through DOE, is similar to the LAE filing but only challenges a smaller subset of Type 2 charters. Tomorrow, the Court will also decide whether the two suits should be consolidated into one.

Type 2 charter schools are authorized by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). Type 2 charters are open to students from throughout the state of Louisiana, not a single school district.

When parents and community members have petitioned their local school board to authorize a charter, known as a Type 1, and failed to receive that local approval, this application is then allowed by state law to go before BESE and seek state authorization and funding as a Type 2 charter.

"The suits filed against Type 2 charters by the unions and Iberville school system would limit school choice statewide, ending a parent's right to decide what is best for their child's education," said LAPCS Director Caroline Roemer Shirley. "Charter schools are educating children and preparing them for their future. These lawsuits are nothing more than adults who have benefited from an educational monopoly fighting to keep an outdated education system at the expense of educational options, innovation and growth."

Joining LAPCS in the petition are Community School for Apprenticeship Learning, Inc.; Lake Charles Charter Academy Foundation, Inc.; the International School of Louisiana; New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy, Inc.; the Delta Charter Group; Delhi Charter School; and Glencoe Education Foundation, Inc.

Filed last Friday, the LAPCS petition to intervene, if granted, would allow the Association and Type 2 charters to join the lawsuit in defense of funding for approximately 13,000 public charter school students at 33 Type 2 public charter schools across the state. LAE et al v. Louisiana State BESE and the State through DOE seeks to stop MFP funding to Type 2 charters as soon as November 15, 2014.

"The measures that the Plaintiffs will go through - namely, threatening the continued education of 13,000 public school children - is a testament to their priorities," said Ms. Roemer Shirley. "This isn't about education to them. This isn't about children to them. This is all about money and control. And they'll shut down public schools to get it. Our message is clear: Stop litigating; Start educating."

Louisiana has been ranked by National Alliance of Public Charter Schools as having the second strongest charter movement in the nation, and the third strongest charter law because it provides multiple pathways to authorization of charter schools and full funding for charter schools. The reports also note that the state's charter schools, as a whole, showed higher academic growth when compared to traditional public schools.


The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) and seven Type 2 public charter schools are now defendants in the Louisiana Association of Educators lawsuit seeking to remove Type 2 charters from the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP), announced Caroline Roemer Shirley, LAPCS Executive Director.


The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) 7th Annual Conference - 7th Inning Stretch: Charters. Choice. Change. - recognized leaders in the state's growing charter movement. 


The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) and Louisiana Appleseed will hold a training on their joint publication Louisiana Charter School Board Legal Handbook  which offers free Continuing Legal Education credits. The training is open to attorneys and interested charter school advocates and board members.


Statement from Veronica Brooks. Policy Director, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, on the BESE School Innovation and Turnaround Committee's votes today to deny charter applications from Greater Grace Charter Academy, Kingdom Builders Community Development Corporation, Inc., Smothers Academy, and to defer applications from Louisiana Charter Foundation, Inc. and Louisiana Delta Empowerment Group:


Local School Boards in Louisiana's 64 parishes are receiving more and more charter applications while parents across the state express greater desire for choice in education. As part of its mission to support and promote quality charter schools, the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) is offering a free, comprehensive resource just for Louisiana school boards and district staff, titled: Charter Schools: A Toolkit for Parish School Boards.


The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) will host its 7th Annual Conference - 7th Inning Stretch: Charters. Choice. Change. - from 7:00 am -4:30 pm on Tuesday, October 21, at the Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge, 4728 Constitution Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA.

The event features a keynote luncheon with Tim King, the President and CEO of Urban Prep Academies; a power breakfast with Superintendent John White (LA DOE), Curt Eysink (LA Workforce Commission), Michael Hecht (Greater New Orleans, Inc.) and Chief Judge Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux (Third Circuit Court of Appeals); as well as over 20 breakout sessions. 

To register for the conference, visit www.lacharterschools.org; tickets are $175 for LAPCS members, $200 for non-members. There is also a buy three get one free special and individual or group tickets available for the power breakfast and keynote luncheon. For event details contact nchatelain@charter schools.org.


The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) and Louisiana Appleseed will unveil their new joint publication Louisiana Charter School Board Legal Handbook with a free Continuing Legal Education course Friday, September 26, 8-10 a.m., the Pan Am Life Conference Center, 701 Poydras St., New Orleans.


The Iberville Parish School Board is suing the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education because their monopoly on public education has been disturbed. Parents and students can now choose to attend an open-enrollment, tuition-free, public charter school instead of being assigned to a school based on their address.


The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) Executive Director Caroline Roemer Shirley today announced keynote speaker Tim King will be headlining the statewide organization’s conference this year, 7th Inning Stretch: Charters. Choice. Change.

About Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools

The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) is a 501c3 non profit organization whose mission is to increase student achievement by supporting, promoting, and advocating for the quality charter school movement.