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Play Button  Backgrounder - Backgrounder
Play Button  Extra - How Charter Schools Are Funded - Erin Bendily with the Louisiana Department of Education explains the funding of a charter public school.
Play Button  Extra - “…They Receive Somewhat Less.” - Erin Bendily with the Louisiana Department of Education touches on how charter schools receive “somewhat less” money than traditional public schools.
Play Button  Extra - 5 Types Of Charter Schools - Erin Bendily with the Louisiana Department of Education explains the 5 types of charter schools in the state.
Play Button  Extra - Charters Partner With Traditional Public Schools - Erin Bendily with the Louisiana Department of Education touches on how public charter schools are partnering with traditional public schools.
Play Button  Extra - No Greater Form Of Local Control - Erin Bendily with Louisiana’s Department of Education addresses criticism of charter schools as a way to privatize public education.
Play Button  Extra - Charter School Accountability - Erin Bendily with Louisiana’s Department of Education explains the accountability standards that public charter schools must meet.
Play Button  Extra - Access Concerns - Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan voices his concerns about access and the public charter school system in the state.
Play Button  Extra - Not Looking At Charters Objectively - Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan is concerned that the state is not looking at the charter school issue objectively.
Play Button  Extra - No Silver Bullet - Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan voices his concerns about the political aspect of the charter school discussion.
Play Button  Extra - Great Riddle Not Being Addressed - Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan expresses his concerns over what he sees as the child left behind by public charter schools.
Play Button  Extra - They Allow Choice - Dujan Johnson, Director of the Community School for Apprenticeship Learning explains why he supports charter schools.
Play Button  Extra - All Here To Do The Same Thing - Dujan Johnson, Director of the Community School for Apprenticeship Learning discusses that public charter schools don’t pose a threat to traditional public schools.
Play Button  Extra - The Fear Some People Have - Dujan Johnson, Director of the Community School for Apprenticeship Learning touches on what he sees as an unnecessary fear about public charter schools.
Play Button  Extra - It Was An Us Vs Them - Dujan Johnson, Director of the Community School for Apprenticeship Learning explains how the releationship between his public charter school and the local school district has changed.
Play Button  Extra - I Was Against Charter Schools - Prescott Charter Middle School Principal, and former traditional public school principal, Perry Daniel explains his change in views about charter schools.

09/10 - Charter Schools in Louisiana

So what exactly is a “charter school” and what is driving their growth?

As the 2010 school year begins, many Louisiana students are choosing to attend one of the ninety charter schools operating across the state. While the majority of these schools are in Orleans Parish, charter schools are also operating in Avoyelles, Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Lafourche, Ouachita, Plaquemines, Point Coupee, Richland, St. Mary and Union Parishes. So what exactly is a “charter school” and what is driving their growth? And do charter schools encourage competition with traditional public schools or do they pose a threat? Watch “Charter Schools in Louisiana” on Louisiana Public Square, airing statewide Wednesday, September 22nd at 7 PM on LPB HD.

Backgrounder

Before Hurricane Katrina there were 17 charter schools in Louisiana. Since the storm, the number of charter schools in the state has risen to 90. While the majority of these are in Orleans Parish, there are charter schools also operating in Avoyelles, Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Lafourche, Ouachita, Plaquemines, Point Coupee, Richland, St. Mary and Union Parishes.

According to the state’s Race to the Top application earlier this year, ‚Louisiana leads the country in the number of charter schools and the school choice options available to parents.‛ Despite their increasing numbers, charter schools still remain somewhat of a mystery to the majority of Louisianans. So, what exactly is a “charter school” and what is driving their growth? And do charter schools encourage competition with traditional public schools or do they pose a threat?

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I think good morals should come at home. I think the Lords prayers should be said beore starting school along with the Pledge of Alegence. This shold hav started a long time ago.When kids attend school God is with them. My son attends Smyrna Adventist Junior Academy in Alexandria, Louisiana and before class starts an hour of Bible Study & prayer.

Posted by Amitria Lewis  on  09/22  at  01:17 PM

Like you I am passionate about public education; though believe private education standards should be regulated consistently with public; and I agree with your web question “So what exactly is a ‘charter school’”, since I don’t know. Many very effective teachers “burn out” because of what seem to be constant changes in expectations, including redundant, impractical paperwork and in class schedules, (seemingly with little regard for the teacher’s opinion or even skills). Are text books being phased out?? How can teachers teach if administrations don’t want teachers teaching with textbooks? Thanks so much to all of you!!

Posted by Val Vogel  on  09/23  at  09:40 AM
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