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Please see below for a correction concerning the upcoming 8th Annual ECCS Teachers Fair and who to contact for registration details.

Thank you!

"Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right." - Oprah Winfrey

Louisiana's charter schools saw a lot of growth and success in 2013.  LAPCS is proud of this progress and is excited for what 2014 holds for our students and schools.  

Already, there are some great opportunities available for charters in 2014, and we encourage you to read through the newsletter to learn more about how you can take advantage of these opportunities.

In addition, please read our updates--some are quite pertinent to charters.  

As always, LAPCS is dedicated to serving our members.  Please let us know how we can help.

Happy New Year!
-The LAPCS Team


Curt Eysink serves as executive director for the Louisiana Workforce Commission. He was appointed to the position in July 2009 by Gov. Bobby Jindal.  

Eysink joined LWC in March 2008 and most recently served as chief of staff and press secretary. In that role, he was responsible for the department's performance improvement activities and communications activities. He also worked with all sections of the agency on the development and implementation of initiatives to improve workforce development in the state.

Prior to joining LWC, Eysink served as director of marketing for Louisiana Health Care Review, Inc., a Baton Rouge-based healthcare improvement and medical management company serving federal and state clients. As a member of the company's leadership team, he was primarily responsible for all business development and communications.


    February 5th (Baton Rouge) and February 12th (Monroe)

To better understand the challenges, successes, and needs of charter schools across Louisiana, LAPCS will introduce two new collaboratives for charter schools in Greater Baton Rouge and North Louisiana. These groups will convene on a quarterly basis and agendas will be driven by the respective collaborative members. For more information, please contact us!


The 8th Annual ECCS Charter School Teachers Fair will be held on Saturday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hynes Charter School, 990 Harrison Ave. As sponsors of the event, LAPCS and ECCS member schools are being given the opportunity to register early to secure their table as space is limited.


If you are an LAPCS member, contact Melissa Carollo at to get the registration link.
ECCS member schools may contact Rose Peterson at for the link.


Early registration is open now for members and will end February 9. Registration will be open for all Louisiana charter schools from February 10 - March 10, or until all tables are filled.


Also, LAPCS member schools now may access the ECCS Resumes and Vacancies database . For more information, contact Melissa Carollo at



LDE News LDENews  


Dear Colleagues:


Louisiana is rich with natural resources. From gulf shores to piney woods, and along every mile of the Mis­sissippi River, our state teems with opportunity for our people to enjoy prosperous lives.


While most Louisiana jobs do not require a four-year college degree, the majority of them require education beyond high school. For years, however, an unfortunate stigma has often discouraged parents and students from pursuing career and technical education. What's more, for those students choosing career courses, too few have the option to study Louisiana's high-growth, high-wage careers. If we are to offer more Louisiana graduates a path to the middle class, we must overcome both this discouraging stigma and all barriers to career coursework and credentials.


Tonight I am launching the final of four statewide tours focused on career education. In these final meetings, we will discuss a policy draft for Jump Start, the state's new program for school districts, colleges, and businesses to collaborate in providing career courses and workplace experiences to high school students, certifying them for the career fields most likely to lead to high- wage jobs. 


Jump Start will be an elective path for students pursuing a university-preparatory diploma, while it will be a required path, after a transition period, for students pursuing a Career Diploma. While in high school, participating students will be provided more time in the school day and school year to achieve industry certificates or college credentials in addition to their high school diplomas. These credentials will qualify graduates to continue their studies after high school or to launch a career upon graduating. 


At the meetings this week and next week, we will discuss an overview of the program, called the Blueprint, as well as a set of detailed appendices on the specific policies entailed in the program. You can find the Blueprint and appendices that cover school accountability, graduation policy, and Jump Start program requirements on this page. I hope you'll take time to review them and to share your thoughts as part of this final public comment process. 


You can of course just call or email me your ideas. Alternately, you and your staff can email with any comments, questions, or suggestions.


Opportunity is growing in Louisiana. Among our responsibilities as educators is to make every opportunity in our state one our sons and daughters understand and can attain. I look forward to seeing you on the road 


As always, thank you for all you do for our children,


John White

Louisiana Department of Education

Twitter: @LouisianaSupe   




The Outstanding School Support Employee Awards Program provides an opportunity to honor an outstanding employee at the elementary, middle/junior high and high school levels who supports and provides leadership in the operation of non-instructional activities within the school year. The 2014 Outstanding School Support Employee Awards Program application is now available. Please find the application here. The deadline to submit nominations is April 9, 2014. Please send any questions about the program to 




The Louisiana Department of Education hosted a webinar on Monday, January 13 to provide an overview of Act 151 and 291, its impact on students with disabilities, the potential changes to their IEPs and resulting SER changes.  Additionally, LDOE provided specific timelines for IEP teams to make the necessary changes to students' IEPs.  Changes to SER are scheduled to be available early February.  To view the PowerPoint click here. Upcoming resources will be released over the next few weeks and will include the Act 151 FAQ and Non-diploma checklist.


If you have questions or need additional information, contact your IDEA point of contact. 




Our future educators must enter Louisiana's schools prepared to ensure students achieve college and career readiness. These future educators will be more likely to achieve this success if Louisiana schools and districts, in partnership with higher education institutions, have the opportunity to train and support them.  To empower schools and districts to take a greater role in educator preparation, the Department is announcing Believe and Prepare: Educator Preparation Innovation Grants.    


Educator Preparation Innovation Grants will provide up to $150,000 in funding to support schools and districts who want to design and pilot school-based educator preparation programs. Schools or districts can apply independently or in partnership with a preparation program.   


Informational webinars have been scheduled for Thursday, February 6 at 4:00 pm.  Click here to access the Believe and Prepare application and for webinar information. 


Please send any questions about Believe and Prepare grants to




 Grant, Scholarship, and Fundraising OpportunitiesGrantsScholarships





We're excited to join the New Orleans community! As part of our ongoing commitment to the communities we serve, Costco is launching an easy-to-use fundraising program for your school.


Starting Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, New Orleans schools can fundraise by selling Costco memberships.  For each $55 Costco Membership Activation Certificate sold by your school, a $10 donation will be made to your school. Certificates are purchased online and are easily redeemed for memberships at the New Orleans Costco.


Here's how it works:

1. Visit and set up a fundraising page, goal and

kickoff date.

2. Invite parents, faculty and friends of the school to join your fundraising team.

3. The team promotes the site to parents, faculty and friends, selling Costco

memberships to raise money. Every $55 Costco Membership Activation

Certificate sold results in a $10 donation. Watch your donations come in.

4. Thank your supporters.


Your school receives the funds quickly, pays nothing to participate and also can host multiple fundraisers: for example, one for a school field trip, another for new sports equipment and another for special programs. It's a simple and efficient way to fundraise. We hope this helps your school raise more money, faster.



In the past two years, Regions has awarded $245,000 in scholarship money to 57 deserving high school and college students through the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest. In honor of Black History Month, Regions is proud to announce the scholarship Contest for a third time.


High School Seniors

Regions will award sixteen $5,000 scholarships to high school seniors from states with Regions branches who will attend college in the fall of 2014. To enter, write a 500-word essay about an African-American whose contributions inspire and motivate you.


College Students

Regions will award sixteen $2,500 scholarships to college freshmen, sophomores and/or juniors from, or currently attending college in, states with Regions branches. To enter, write a 500-word essay about an African-American whose contributions inspired you and influenced your college career.


Enter online January 20, 2014 through February 27, 2014, and click here to view the 2013 Riding Forward Scholarship winners.




National NewsNationalNews

    Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., secured $1.33 billion for educational priorities and programs that strengthen student achievement and improve teacher effectiveness in the bill that funds the government for FY2014. Provisions by Sen. Landrieu support and highlight the importance of charter schools, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, educator recruitment, access to quality education and focuses on cost-effective and result-driven innovations.  The bill passed the House and Senate this week and now goes to the President for his signature. 


The provision, authored by Sen. Landrieu, provides $248 million for the Charter Schools Program directing:
         $45 million to replicate and expand high performing charter schools that have a proven track record through the Charter Management Organization (CMO) competition

ˇ         $169 million for states to grant to newly created charter school programs 

ˇ         $11 million to keep charter schools accountable through authorization and oversight, ultimately prioritizing student achievement


"As a long standing advocate for education reform, I have fought for funding to support the expansion of high-quality charter schools," Sen. Landrieu said. "Charter schools are specifically designed to have the freedom and flexibility to implement new strategies in order to increase student achievement while still being held accountable. I have seen firsthand that high-quality charter schools can literally transform a neighborhood, community, or city and I look forward to fighting for this funding again next year and making excellent education accessible for all of Louisiana's children. "


The bill allocates $50 million for recruitment and training of educators in high need areas, especially in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Organizations like Teach For America, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the National Writing Project will be eligible to compete. The $50 million is 2 percent set aside from Title II funding for Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED).


"To improve our children's education and their chance at a successful future, we must provide them with quality teachers. That's one of most effective and promising ways we can better our education system," Sen. Landrieu said. "This $50 million will go to developing and recruiting quality teachers that can provide a well-rounded education in subject areas that are vital to our state's economy and future, like science, technology, engineering and math. Programs like Teach for America have demonstrated how effective teachers can turnaround a school system. I will continue to fight to provide Louisiana's teachers with the resources they need to continue serving children and our communities."


Sen. Landrieu also helped secure:

 ˇ         $224 million for Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Read more here
         $288 million for teacher and leader incentives: Effective teachers are critical to student achievement. Research says that the difference between an ineffective teacher and an effective teacher could be up to a year's worth of learning. This funding will support comprehensive strategies for strengthening the educator workforce and drive improvements in teacher effectiveness by rewarding principals, teachers and other personnel who raise student achievement, close the achievement gap and work in hard-to-staff schools. 
         $158 million for combatting illiteracy: Pervasive low literacy achievement is detrimental to the social and economic wellbeing of our nation.  At least 93 million adults function at low literacy levels that inhibit their ability to succeed in college or the workforce.  The Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program is a widespread approach to promoting literacy for children, from birth through 12th grade.  It is the only targeted federal funding stream for statewide, research-based literacy instruction and interventions supporting students from early childhood through high school. 
         $141 million to develop and expand student achievement through Investing in Innovation (i3). To improve student outcomes, i3 develops and validates new practices, strategies and programs. Additionally, i3 supportsexpanding and innovating practices, strategies, or programs with a demonstrated record of success in improving student achievement. 
         $75 million to give more students an opportunity to attend college.  First in the World will support an evidence-based grant competition, which would apply the lessons of the successful Investing in Innovation program for K-12 to the challenge of improving college attainment and productivity.
         $145 million to make smart investments through evaluations: Evaluations accurately identify which federal education programs are best educating students and making smart, effective use of taxpayer dollars. Enabling the Department of Education to: evaluate diverse approaches, grantees and initiatives; build the evidence base of which effective interventions; identify policies that limit opportunity for innovation and continuous improvement; and drive funds to results driven programs and policies that give the highest return on taxpayer investment and ultimately allow congress to gauge program effectiveness to make fact-based policy and funding decisions.
         Enables more foster youth to find college scholarships: Sen. Landrieu successfully included language in the bill to assist current and former foster youth in securing scholarships and educational grants. A provision she authored will add a box on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, allowing a student to indicate if he or she is currently or was once in foster care.  Funding for grants and scholarships already available to foster youth will now be shared directly with these students who may have otherwise not known about the financial aid. 

"There are a number of barriers that all children face to earn a college degree, including paying for that degree.  Congress has created specific scholarship opportunities for former foster children, but too many of these youth have no idea that such resources exist.  How can we expect foster youth to take advantage of financial aid if they don't know it's out there? By giving students the ability to indicate that they are foster youth on the FAFSA form, they are more likely to be aware and take advantage of scholarships and educational grants already available to them," said Sen. Landrieu. 



The Brown Center on Education Policy's annual Education Choice and Competition Index (ECCI) scores the 100+ largest school districts in America across 13 rubrics of policy and practice to provide "information on the extent to which parents can choose schools for their children and the degree to which the procedures for school choice promote competition within large school districts."  

Check out this interactive web application to see how the RSD was ranked.



National School Choice Week is this week! During National School Choice Week, LAPCS will partner with other educational choice organizations such as the Louisiana Federation for Children and Black Alliance for Educational Options for a series of parent outreach initiatives, including school tours, student spotlights, and partnerships with local media. Take a look at the following as they relate to LAPCS and its campaign to support National School Choice Week in Louisiana:

  • Check out our billboardsHere and here, too!
  • You can find Caroline's editorial here.
  • And here is the LAPCS press release urging "parent power" during School Choice Week.



Contact Us
Caroline Roemer Shirley
Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
504-274-3651 |
In This Issue

We are grateful for our member schools and vendors! If you're not an LAPCS member and would like to take advantage of our programs and services, contact Membership Director, Simone Green today!


     Member Schools  


Akili Academy of New Orleans
Algiers Technology Academy
Alice M. Harte Elementary Charter School
Andrew H. Wilson Charter School
Arise Academy
Arthur Ashe Charter School
Baton Rouge Charter Academy at Mid City
Bayou Community Academy
Belle Chasse Academy
Children's Charter Elementary School
Cohen College Prep
Community School for Apprenticeship Learning
Crescent Leadership Academy
Crocker College Prep
D'Arbonne Woods Charter School
Delhi Charter School
Delta Charter School
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology
Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School
Edna Karr High School
Einstein Charter School
Einstein Charter School Extension
Encore Academy
Esperanza Charter School
G.W. Carver Collegiate Academy
G.W. Carver Preparatory Academy
Gentilly Terrace Elementary School
Harriet Tubman Charter School
Inspire Charter Academy
International High School of New Orleans
International School of Louisiana - Bunche
International School of Louisiana - Camp St
International School of Louisiana - Olivier St
J. K. Haynes Elementary Charter School
Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy
Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy-East Bank
John Dibert Community School
John McDonogh High School
Joseph Clark High School
Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School
Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy
KIPP Believe College Prep
KIPP Believe Primary
KIPP Central City Academy
KIPP Central City Primary
KIPP McDonogh 15 Middle School for the Creative Arts
KIPP McDonogh 15 Primary School for the Creative Arts
KIPP New Orleans Leadership Academy
KIPP New Orleans Leadership Primary
KIPP Renaissance High School
L.B. Landry-O. Perry Walker Senior High School
Lafayette Academy
Lake Area New Tech Early College High School
Lake Charles Academy
Langston Hughes Academy Charter School
Linwood Public Charter School
Louisiana Connections Academy
Louisiana Virtual Academy
Lusher Charter School
Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle Orleans
Madison Preparatory Academy
Magnolia School of Excellence
Martin Behrman Elementary School
McDonogh #32 Elementary School
McDonogh 42 Elementary Charter School
McDonogh City Park Academy
Medard H. Nelson Elementary School
Mentorship Academy of Digital Arts
Mentorship Academy of Science and Technology
Mildred Osborne Charter School
Milestone SABIS Academy of New Orleans
Miller McCoy Academy for Mathematics and Business
Morris Jeff Community School
New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy
Paul Habans Charter School
Pierre A. Capdau Charter School
ReNEW Accelerated High School
ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy
ReNEW Dolores T. Aaron Elementary School
ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary School
ReNEW SciTech Academy
Samuel J. Green Charter School
Sci Academy
Slaughter Community Charter School
Southwest Louisiana Charter Academy
Success Preparatory Academy
Sylvanie Williams College Prep
The MAX Charter School
The NET Charter High School
V.B. Glencoe Charter School
Virtual Academy of Lafourche
William J. Fischer Elementary School
Young Audiences Charter School

School Developer Members

Beaumont Alternative Charter School
George Joseph Sr. Learning Institute
Red River Charter Academy
Avoyelles Children's Charter School
Raymond Career College - Health Science Academy
Laurent Clere Academy
Children's College Charter
Tree of Life Christian Day School
Scholar Academy for Technical Education
Arise Charter Institute
Kingdom Collegiate Academy of Excellence
School of Technology, Arts & Business
LIFE Preparatory Academy, Inc.
The East Carroll Charter Academy
Peak Achievement Leadership Academy
Destined II Greatness University
Impact Charter Elementary
Greater Grace Charter Academy
GEO Foundation
TMCF Collegiate Academy @ SUNO
Tangipahoa Charter School
Crossover House


Member Vendors

 ...And introducing our newest member: 4th Sector Solutions!

Bancorp South Insurance Services, Inc.
Goodwill Industries of Southeast Louisiana
ING Financial Partners
Sean M. Bruno CPAs
School Leadership Center
Lumpkin Agency
Internet Story Club of America