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.

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.

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.