Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law, ending formal segregation in public spaces and accommodations. This was the culmination of years of tireless work bu civil rights advocates and ushered in a new era of reform that brought us the Voting Rights Act one year later, the Fair Housing Act, and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Many Louisianans played key roles in making this "humanizing" of America happen.


After conducting surveys on program services and areas of need, the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) and Eastbank Collaborative of Charter Schools (ECCS) are joining forces to expand certain services to a statewide audience. The programs benefiting from the partnership will be a jointly produced newsletter entitled The BESE Bulletin and a co-sponsored "Resumes/Vacancies" webpage to promote quality employment in the charter system, the organizers jointly announced. 


The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, Caroline Roemer Shirley, Executive Director, is hosting a weekly series on the state of public education in Louisiana, focusing on the increasing diversity of options in the public school market. 


Louisiana now offers over 117 charter schools in 19 out of 64 parishes, hosting nearly 60,000 children. One of these 19 parishes, Orleans, has the greatest percentage of public school children enrolled in charter schools in the nation.

So as the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools invites the state to join it May 4 to 10 in celebrating National Charter School Week, Executive Director Caroline Roemer Shirley encourages public school parents to know three things that make the movement unique in the state.


In recognition of their success and dedication to educating the children of Louisiana, the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools awarded Sylvanie Williams College Prep the 2013-2014 Giving Tree Award.


The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools invites educators, parents, current and prospective charter board members, and community leaders to register now for its 6th Annual Conference Adjusting the Sails: Staying on Course for Success, announced LAPCS Executive Director Caroline Roemer Shirley.


The Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), which has studied the impact of charter schools on student academic achievement since 2009, revealed that Louisiana charter schools were among the top five states in the nation in student academic growth.


As the charter school movement continues to grow in Louisiana, strong, quality governing boards are at the heart of sustaining these reform efforts.


Registration now open for "Adjusting the Sails: Staying on Course for Success"


May marks both Teacher Appreciation Day (May 7) and National Charter Schools Week (May 5 – May 11).


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.