May 10, 2014 11:57 PM by Ashlea Bullington
Today Lafayette Parish School Board Members met for a round table retreat to discuss controversial topics concerning the school system. One of these topics being: New Charter Schools arriving to Lafayette Parish. These charter schools were denied by the school board at first, but then appealed by filing type two charters through The Lafayette Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).
These charter schools are called "chain charters", they are funded by large corporations. A member of PPEL, Power of Public Education in Lafayette, told KATC, "these particular schools are large corporate charter school chains from outside of the state. We are concerned about that model. Its been really problematic in other areas."
Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper, believes charter schools will benefit the community by creating more jobs and helping Lafayette Parish schools with over crowding. This element creates smaller class sizes for teachers and allows more one on one interaction with the students.
Chain charters have a projected estimate of eight to nine million dollars that will come from student enrollment. Each student will bring about 9500 dollars with them. The downside LPSS is facing with Chain Charters is a loss of approximately 12.6 million dollars in local and state tax money taken out of the public school system.
Dr. Cooper said, these Charter Schools have solved an immediate problem in Lafayette which needed more schools. Anyone can apply for charter schools, but it is estimated that 60% of students will be from Lafayette Parish. Lafayette Parish School Board members believe these six schools will most likely be effected:
Green T. Lindon
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