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Erin Bendily is from the State Department of Education -Policy and External Affairs. Bendily explained to the board there are five types of charter schools.

The two charter organizations applying to open schools in Lafayette Parish submitted type one charter applications.

"As a department we view charter schools that have a strong application that we have confidence in, we see as an asset to any community to provide another choice," said Bendily.

Bendily says charters have open admission. They receive school performance scores and letter grades and if they fail to meet certain standards their contract could be terminated or not renewed for failure to perform.

"People say BESE approves all these charter applications, but the truth of the mater is we approve probably 50 percent or less of the applications we receive." said Bendily.

The two charter organizations applying to Lafayette Parish are Charter Schools USA and National Heritage Academies.

The director of development for Charter Schools USA explained they are ready to open two k thru 8th schools by next year.

In the north, at Curet Farms and in the south at Sugar Mill Pond in Youngsville.

"We have an opportunity to bring in state of the art facilities valued at $10 to $15 million that will second to none." said Director of Development for Charter Schools USA Jay Augustine.

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