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Aug 19, 2013 9:28 PM

Charter schools explained at League of Women Voters forum

Three Board of Elementary and Secondary Education board members weighed in on the topic of charter schools during forum hosted by the League of Women Voters on Monday.

The conversation was especially topical in advance of a Wednesday Lafayette Parish School Board meeting in which four charter schools will be up for approval.

Charter schools are consider public schools that operate with public money but have individual boards, much like a private school.

The four schools would be operated by two companies and considered "Type 1" charter schools. There are five types of charter schools. Type 1 and 3 allow local school board oversight through a contract.

Most local school board authority -- like on topics of curriculum, hiring and finances -- would be relinquished, but the board would be able to set performance standards and determine when charter schools need to meet those standards.

The four charter schools that are up for approval Wednesday would sign contracts with the school board, which the board can either approval or deny after a few years.

The schools that the charter schools would build, however, would not belong to the school board, but a private company.


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