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No More Open Door for Independent, “Local Charter Authorizers” in Louisiana

May 26, 2016

SB 260, “Provides relative to local charter authorizers and Type 1B charter schools,” has made its way through both Louisiana Senate and House and awaits Governor John Bel Edwards’ signature.

The bill, sponsored by Senator Dan Morrish (R-Jennings), removes any reference to “Type 1B” charters or the associated “local charter authorizer” and leaves charter school authorization with either the state board of education (BESE) or the local school boards.

In other words, SB 260 kills the idea of free-standing, largely unaccountable entities starting free-standing charter schools within local school district boundaries and in the names of “high quality” and choice,” of threatening the fiscal stability of such districts.

The “local charter authorizer” concept has been legal in Louisiana since Act 2 was passed in 2012. However, no such independent authorizing agent has been itself “certified to authorize charter schools within at least one Regional Labor Market Area, as defined by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.” (See here for more info on Type 1B charters and the 2015 effort to create “local charter authorizers.”)

For Louisiana’s Bulletin 126– Charter Schools, click here.

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Coming June 24, 2016, from TC Press:

School Choice: The End of Public Education? 

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Stay tuned.

 

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Schneider is a southern Louisiana native, career teacher, trained researcher, and author of the ed reform whistle blower, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education.

She also has a second book, Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?.

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