Program

See below for the main information you will need from the Charter Schools Program.

Charter Schools

OUR MISSION

The mission of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, in partnership with our community, is to educate all students to their maximum potential in a caring, rigorous and safe environment.

The vision of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System is to graduate students with the knowledge, skills and values necessary to become active and successful members of a dynamic learning community. 

WHY WE AUTHORIZE CHARTER SCHOOLS

Charter schools offer teachers, parents and community members the opportunity to create new public schools in response to community needs. In return, these chartered schools agree to be held accountable by their authorizer- the EBRPSS- for student performance outcomes. If the charter school fails to produce the promised student outcomes, the authorizer may intervene in a variety of ways, and, as a last resort, can close the school. Quality charter school authorizing is the linchpin of the charter promise of accountability for results and the creation of quality educational opportunities. While EBRPSS is not responsible for the ultimate success or failure of a charter school, the district impacts that outcome by providing strong oversight and accountability.

Recognizing new and innovative ways of carrying out our mission, EBRPSS has become a charter authorizer.  The district engages in pro-active relationships and a value added approach to the schools with which we partner. During the start-up phase of the process, EBRPSS staff works closely with founding groups to ensure a successful opening. Once operational, EBRPSS staff monitors the financial, organizational and academic performance of its schools through frequent communication, regularly scheduled site visits, and data/ document reviews.  The district recognizes the great challenges and difficulties in starting a school and provides support in navigating the process while respecting the autonomy and uniqueness of each school.

A copy of the board approved district charter policy may be found here.

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.

2021 NEW CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATION

While the district utilized the LDOE template for charter applications, the 2021 EBR specific charter application process, can be accessed here.

On January 19, 2021, BESE approved the 2021 Common Charter Application. Applicant groups shall choose to be considered by submitting one of three applications based on requirements set forth:

  • New Operator PDF
    • Nonprofit organization whose primary members (founder and/or proposed school leader) do not have prior experience in leading or managing a public school; and
    • Who do not intend to employ an educational service provider (ESP) with prior experience in leading or managing public schools.
  • Experienced Operator PDF
    • Nonprofit organizations whose primary members (founder and/or proposed school leader) have prior experience in leading or managing a single public school; and/or
    • Nonprofit organizations which have operated more than one charter school; and/or
    • Nonprofit organizations which intend to employ an education service provider (ESP) which has operated more than one charter school.
  • Virtual School Operator PDF
    • Nonprofit organizations that seek to operate a public school facility aligned to the definition of a Virtual School as outlined in BESE Bulletin 126.

In addition to the charter application narratives aligned to one of the applications above, each applicant group must complete and submit this Overview Template along with the rest of the group’s application materials. Evaluation rubric and standards will be available on February 5.

KEY DATES FOR DISTRICT AUTHORIZERS

  • January 29: Deadline by which local school boards must post application materials to their websites. The district is using the LDOE template without any changes.
  • February 26:  Letter of Intent due to academicprograms@ebrschools.org and copy to vsilas@ebrschools.org . Please attach to this document your letter of intent when submitted. LOI Template
  • Monday, April 5: Charter applications are due to districts. Once applications are received, applicants will be notified regarding next steps and public meeting date to make charter decisions
  • Friday, July 16: Deadline for districts to consider charter applications. If a district has not made a decision about a charter application by this point, that applicant group is eligible to appeal to BESE.

Application processes and decision making will be done in accordance with the NACSA standards: https://www.qualitycharters.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/NACSA-Principles-and-Standards-2018-Edition.pdf

 

If you have any questions please contact:

Kimberly R. Boudreaux, Portfolio Manager
Charter School Support/Management Office
East Baton Rouge Parish Schools
1050 S. Foster Drive
225.922.5626
KRinggold@ebrschools.org

 

Posted January 28, 2021

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The Mission of East Baton Rouge Parish School System, in partnership with our community, is to educate all students to their maximum potential in a caring, rigorous and safe environment.

The Vision of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System is to graduate students with the knowledge, skills and values necessary to become active and successful members of a dynamic learning community. 

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