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LPSS charter school applications could be up for a vote

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The Lafayette Parish School Board is scheduled to learn more about the charter school applications during the board's regular meeting Wednesday. The applications are for Charter Schools USA and National Heritage Academies.

So far, the idea of charter schools in Lafayette Parish gets two thumbs up. Yolanda Armstead is one. Christian Benit makes two.

"This way we get to keep our kids in school. I think it's real good to have charter schools here in Lafayette," says Armstead. "A good education is good no matter where you get it from; as long as there are good teachers and parents involved," adds Benit.    

The proposals call for 2 of the 4 public charters to open during the 2014-2015 school year.  School Board Vice President, Dr. Hunter Beasely explains that a charter is similar to other educational institutions. "A charter school is a school with an elementary or secondary level.  The purpose is to provide quality education to a student."

The proposal highlights that a charter school in Lafayette parish will help to address the growing issues of overcrowded classrooms. Plus, both organizations are willing to build or renovate their own facilities. 

Beasley says the board needs to make a decision before the proposal is presented to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education this month. If the parish school board doesn't make a decision, there's a chance the BESE will help to make one for them.

"The recommendation is from staff to approve the Type 1 charter, then to move it to action for us to vote on it this coming Wednesday," says Beasley.

Mark Meyer, a spokesperson for National Heritage Academies explains that "National Heritage Academies is a tuition-free public charter school management company that partners with local schools boards to impact the lives of students. From the moment a student enters the door of one of our schools, they become a part of our family and their success is our success." 

Beasely says a Type 1 charter allows for any child in the parish to attend the school. Plus, the relationship between the school district and charter organization will be a cooperative one. 

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