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 the December meeting, BESE approved the 2020 Common Charter Application and timeline. All school systems should review the available information regarding required steps to take by January 10 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 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.

The webinar will be offered on two dates: December 16 at 2:00 p.m. and January 6 at 3:00 p.m. Details on how to join are listed below.

  • Webinar Date and Time: December 16 at 2:00 p.m. and January 6 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Webinar Link:
  • Webinar Phone Number: 646-876-9923
  • Meeting ID#: 561 449 345

Please contact with questions.


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.