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.  


At their December meeting, BESE approved the 2019 common charter application and timeline. All districts should review the available information regarding steps they will be required to take by January 11, 2019 in order to run a new charter application process that is compliant with state law and policy. 

School systems are invited to participate in a webinar that will (1) provide an overview of charter schools in Louisiana, (2) review local school district legal requirements regarding the charter application process, (3) provide guidance on operating a charter application process, (4) review what has changed between 2018 and 2019 in the common charter application and timeline, and (5) provide resources for local school districts in operating a charter application process. School systems may review the webinar deck in advance here.

The webinar will take place on January 7, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Participants can join online or by phone. Details on how to join are below:


In 2017, the Department conducted workshops for district authorizers. Linked here are the materials for the first workshop on charter authorizer responsibilities and the second workshop on charter school oversight.