John White Opts to Defer Charter Authorizer Approval…?

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In March 2012, the Louisiana legislature passed Act 2, which includes language allowing for the authorization of “local charter authorizers” (LCAs)– organizations that are able to authorize charter schools in Louisiana and that are able to bypass local school boards in doing so. The charters authorized by LCAs are called Type 1B charters.

A November 2015 Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) board document includes the following summary of Type 1B charters:

Act 2 of the 2012 Legislative Session provided BESE the authority to certify eligible organizations (post-secondary institutions, state agencies, or a nonprofit corporation with an educational mission or established by the governing authority of a parish or municipality) to serve as a Local Charter Authorizer (LCA).  LCAs possess the authority to authorize charter schools similar to BESE and local districts.

LCAs are uniquely positioned in Louisiana to leverage their local knowledge, expertise, and support to…

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