Charter Authorization

Charter schools are publicly funded, privately managed and semi-autonomous schools of choice. In exchange for this autonomy, they are held to a high level of accountability by their authorizer.

Charter school authorizing for districts involves the five primary responsibilities listed below. Within each of these areas, the LDOE has created or identified resources for districts to use. This presentation goes into more detail about each of these areas of responsibility and the resources linked below.

1. District Needs Analysis: Understanding the school needs of your district.

2. New School Approval: Approving high-quality charter schools to open in your district.

3. Pre-Opening: Guiding charter schools through necessary operational steps before they open.

4. Routine Oversight & Intervention: Gathering information about schools’ performance.

5. High-Stakes Accountability Decisions: Holding schools accountable to the standards set.  


BESE approved the 2020 Common Charter Application and timeline. All school systems should review the available information regarding required steps to take in order to run a new charter application process that is compliant with state law and policy.

School systems are invited to view the webinar slides that (1) provide an overview of Louisiana charter schools, (2) review local school system legal requirements regarding the charter application process, (3) provide guidance on operating a charter application process, (4) review what has changed between 2019 and 2020 in the common charter application and timeline, and (5) provide resources for local school systems in operating a charter application process. School systems may review the webinar deck in advance. 

Please contact with questions.