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2019 Annual Conference CPE credit form
Program: Louisiana Charter Schools Conference; Type: Template
Receive credit for attendance at CPE/CLE eligible events at the 2019 Annual Conference.

2019 Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness
Category: Advocacy, Community Engagement; Type: PDF, Toolkit
How Charter Schools Can Support Students Experiencing Homelessness
Education is a critical tool to address the needs of students experiencing homelessness. For these students, the school can be a vital source of stability. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a federal law that provides rights and services for students experiencing homelessness. It applies to all local educational agencies (LEAs) and public schools, including public charter schools. This toolkit is intended as a charter school-focused resource that explains the basic legal requirements of the McKinney Vento Act while highlighting a few examples of best practices from the charter school community

Authorizer Toolkit
Category: Authorizers; Type: PDF, Toolkit
A toolkit for charter authorizers in Louisiana (parish school boards) that reiterates the National Association of Charter School Authorizers’ standards and includes additional Louisiana-specific information and resources.

BESE Bulletin 126 (Louisiana Charter School Law)
Category: Policy; Type: Website
Scroll down to Bulletin 126 (Revised January 2019) to download the latest copy of the state charter school law.

Charter School Performance Compact
Category: Accountability, Policy; Type: PDF
This document describes the Louisiana Charter School Performance Compact (CSPC), the accountability mechanism for all charter schools authorized by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).

Charter School Performance in Louisiana (2013 CREDO Report)
Category: Charter School Performance; Type: PDF, Report
This report by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University provides a rigorous and independent view of the performance of Louisiana’s charter schools using data from 2005-06 to 2010-11.

Communications Toolkit
Category: Communications; Type: PDF, Toolkit
This communications toolkit is designed to help charter schools think about how to tell their story, both within their own community and the broader education community statewide. It provides guidance and suggestions on building a communications plan, working with news media, and communicating in times of crisis, in addition, to sample campaigns and templates.

Educating Louisiana Newspaper (2015)
Category: General Information; Type: Newspaper, PDF
Educating Louisiana is a yearly publication that provides general information on Louisiana’s charter schools.

FAQ: Teacher Certification
Category: HR/Talent Management, Policy; Type: FAQ, PDF, Policy Brief
FAQs on teacher certifications in Louisiana.

Guidance for Compass Evaluation of Single-Site School Leaders
Program: The Top Shelf; Category: Accountability, Governance; Type: Information Sheet, PDF
This document, provided by the Louisiana Dept. of Education, helps prepare board members to evaluate their school leader using the Compass Information System.

Introduction to Charter Schools in Louisiana
Category: General Information; Type: Information Sheet, PDF
A brief one page document providing an introduction to charter schools in Louisiana.

LA Local Budget Act
Category: Finance, Policy; Type: PDF, Policy Brief
Summary of La. Government Budget Act – La. R.S. 39:1301-1315

LAPCS Annual Review (2013)
Category: General Information; Type: PDF, Report
The Annual Review provides a comprehensive look at LAPCS’ key accomplishments and highlights of the year.

LAPCS Annual Review (2014)
Category: General Information; Type: PDF, Report
The Annual Review provides a comprehensive look at LAPCS’ key accomplishments and highlights of the year.

LAPCS Annual Review (2015)
Category: General Information; Type: PDF, Report
The Annual Review provides a comprehensive look at LAPCS’ key accomplishments and highlights of the year.

Legislative & Policy Update (2012)
Category: Policy; Type: PDF, Presentation
Summary of legislative changes made during the 2012 session that is relevant to charter schools.

Legislative Update (2013)
Category: Policy; Type: PDF, Presentation
Summary of legislative changes made during the 2013 session that is relevant to charter schools.

Legislative Update (2014)
Category: Policy; Type: PDF, Report
Summary of legislative changes made during the 2014 session that are relevant to charter schools.

Legislative Update (2015)
Category: Policy; Type: PDF, Report
Summary of legislative changes made during the 2015 session that are relevant to charter schools.

Louisiana Charter School Board Legal Handbook
Category: Legal; Type: Handbook, PDF
2014 Louisiana Charter School Board Legal Handbook

Louisiana Charter School Handbook for School Administrators
Program: The Bottom Line, The Top Shelf; Category: Governance, Legal, Policy; Type: Handbook, PDF
The purpose of this School Leader Handbook is to help explain many of the complex rules and regulations that apply to public charter schools. Please note that this handbook is a summary of the majority of the existing rules and regulations that apply to your school and is not intended to cover all scenarios your school may face, nor is it designed to provide legal advice.

Louisiana K-12 Education Options
Category: General Information; Type: Information Sheet, PDF
A quick comparison of the various K-12 education options in Louisiana, including traditional public schools, charter public schools, the Louisiana scholarship program, and private schools.

National Charter School Resource Center
Category: General Information; Type: Website
The National Charter School Resource Center, as a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is dedicated to bringing helpful and actionable resources to charter school parents, teachers, those opening a charter school, and more.

Open Meeting Laws Guide (2019)
Program: The Bottom Line, The Top Shelf; Category: Accountability, Governance, Legal, Policy; Type: Information Sheet, PDF, Policy Brief
2019 legislative guide for the Open Meetings Law

Open Meetings Law
Category: Governance, Policy; Type: PDF, Policy Brief
Summary of La. Open Meetings Law – La. R.S. 42:11 et seq.

Resource Development
Program: The Bottom Line; Category: Finance; Type: PDF, Policy Brief
LAPCS In Brief listing online resources for free & low-cost grants.

SPED Advisory Council Guidelines (2019)
Program: The Bottom Line, The Top Shelf; Category: Accountability, Governance, Legal, Special Education; Type: Information Sheet, PDF, Policy Brief
2019 legislative requirements for the SPED Advisory Council

Student Fee Policies (2019)
Program: The Bottom Line, The Top Shelf; Category: Accountability, General Information, Governance, Legal, Policy, Student Rights; Type: Information Sheet, PDF, Policy Brief
2019 legislative requirements for school student fee policies

Teacher Certification Requirements for Charter Schools
Category: HR/Talent Management; Type: PDF, Policy Brief
Information from the Louisiana Department of Education on teacher certification requirements for charter schools.

The Top Shelf On Demand Menu
Program: The Top Shelf; Category: Governance; Type: Brochure, PDF
Information on The Top Shelf’s On Demand program, a customized training program to help charter school boards meet their governance goals.

Understanding Bulletin 126 Section 518
Category: Charter Expansion, Policy; Type: PDF, Policy Brief
Section 518 sets out the academic, financial, and organizational requirements that
must be met before an existing BESE-­authorized charter may open subsequently approved charter schools.