Louisiana Charter Schools At-a-Glance

Charter schools are independent public schools that are free to be more innovative and are held accountable for improved student achievement.

2013 Charter Annual Report


KEYS TO CHARTER SCHOOL SUCCESS

Autonomy: 

  • Charter school leaders and boards are free to make decisions about staffing, curriculum development,and other factors to meet the needs of their students.

Accountability:

  • Charter schools are held to high academic, financial, and organizational standards.
  • Charter schools are closed if performance is consistently low.

Choice:

  • Parents select the school their child attends.
  • Teachers and principals choose schools that fit them best.


TYPES OF CHARTER SCHOOLS IN LOUISIANA IN 2013-2014

Type 1:

New school • Local school board authorized • 21 schools

Type 2

New or conversion school • BESE authorized • 24 schools

Type 3

Conversion school • Local school board authorized • 12 schools

Type 4

New or conversion school • Local school board & BESE authorized • 1 school

Type 5

Recovery School District schools • BESE-authorized • 59 schools

There are two new types of charter schools in Louisiana – Type 1B and Type 3B. A Type 1B charter is authorized by a Local Charter Authorizer, a Type 3B charter school is a former Type 5 charter that transfers from the Recovery School District back to the jurisdiction of a local school system. As of 2012-13, no Type 1B or 3B charters exist.


OVERSIGHT & GOVERNANCE OF CHARTER SCHOOLS IN LOUISIANA

Types 1 and 3

  • Local school boards are responsible for the oversightof the Type 1 and Type 3 charters they authorize.
  • Each charter school or charter management organization has a board of directors which governs school finances, operations and administration.

Types 2, 4 and 5

  • The Louisiana Department of Education is responsiblefor the oversight of BESE-authorized charter schools.
  • Each Type 2 and 5 charter school or charter management organization has a board of directors which governs school finances, operations and administration.
  • Type 4 schools are governed by their local school board.