Local Charter Authorizers are one component of the Call for Quality Options – the Louisiana Department of Education’s initiative to find high-quality educational options for the 200,000 students that are currently stuck in D and F schools in our state. Non-profit organizations, post-secondary institutions, and state agencies, or a nonprofit corporation established by the governing authority of a parish or municipality,may apply to authorize charter schools in Louisiana.

Local Charter Authorizers will be uniquely positioned in Louisiana to specialize in the discovery, development, authorization and oversight of high-quality charter schools in limited geographic areas with which they are intimately familiar. Louisiana joins sixteen other states and the District of Columbia in allowing non-traditional charter authorizers.

The dashboard on the Call for Quality Options page is a useful resource for applicants seeking to learn more about the communities they are interested in serving.

The application to become a Local Charter Authorizer - which can be found in the sidebar to the right - includes all of the information that an applicant might need in order to successfully navigate the application process. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis and can be submitted at any time. Before beginning to complete an application, we encourage groups to contact the Department at rfa@la.gov to learn more about being a Local Charter Authorizer.