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Though the number of bills that charter schools are facing in this session may be small in number, there are still going to face some big fights. The Legislative Tracker is updated regularly so that you know what to expect. And when it's coming.

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The push to cut federal spending will require Members of Congress to make difficult choices in the coming months. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is asking for your help in securing support for the federal Charter Schools Program by sending a letter to your Representative.   


Local and national panelists will discuss unionization in charters and  employment best practices on April 19.  Seats are limited, reserve yours now by emailing LAPCS Legal Director
Sarah Vandergriff.

The legislative session is in full swing.  Last week, the House Education Committee heard a report on the importance and positive impact of early childhood initiatives, specifically the LA4 program. In addition, the House Education Committee heard a variety of bills on April 11th, including two bills related to TOPS and a request to implement a structural reorganization of the state Department of Education.  For updates on bills, check out our Legislative Tracker.  
There are some bills this session that LAPCS believes could potentially impact charter schools and the charter movement in a negative way.  We will need your help in ensuring that legislators hear you voice and concerns.  Please stay engaged as we will be reaching out to many of you in the coming days and weeks to join us in fighting to protect charter school autonomy, sustainability and innovation.
FInally, it is important to note a couple of events in Baton Rouge over the next two weeks that will not be taking place at the legislature. This Wednesday, the LAPCS is proud to be co-hosting the Leadership for Change! 2013 Education Excellence Summit, featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Condolezza Rice. Though registration is closed, we anticipate this event to provide a great opportunity for a frank conversation about the successes and challenges the charter movement has experienced in Louisiana with policymakers and key influentials locally and nationally.

Then next Thursday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Edgenuity (formerly Education2020) will hold a forum on blended learning and online instruction ad the Lod Cook Alumni Center, 3838 West Lakeshore Drive. The event is free and open to the public, and the conversation should be especially interesting given last year's Coarse Provider legislation. Click here to RSVP.

Veronica Brooks
LAPCS Policy Director

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Serving English Language Learners: A Toolkit for Public Charter Schools - National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
"A complicated mix of federal and state laws govern the education of ELL students and can make understanding the legal requirements challenging. This toolkit breaks down key federal laws and policies and provides examples of state laws where appropriate."
"The organization awarded 20 students in the New Orleans area with a full-tuition four-year academic scholarship to either Bard College in New York or Tulane University in New Orleans." 
"The center gave Louisiana extra points for its parent trigger law that lets parents vote to put perennially failing schools into the state Recovery School District, and for making information about schools easily available to the public."