"I have no confidence in what so ever in the school board. I think that; I'm not comfortable with the way money has been spent. I think that I really have no delusions that I think charter schools can fit the bill," says Broussard Mayor Charles Langlinais.
Mayor Langlinais and Youngsville Mayor Wilson Viator testified together. Supporting charter schools; more importantly for south Lafayette Parish.
"The board do the right thing and let the charter schools move forward in Lafayette Parish," says Viator.
State Representative Patricia Haynes Smith doesn't support the charter plan. "I don't believe you are doing your due diligence in ensuring these charters are coming into our state or our districts and are going to do the best for the children that they're going to be taking into their schools," adds Smith.
Rodolfo Espinoza is the president of the Lafayette Parish Association of Educators. Espinoza questioned what charters have to offer. "This decision will do nothing but hurt the choices that we already offer; in disguise of these charters who pretend to offer choices we already offer." Lafayette Parish Schools is in the district of BESE member Holly Boffy.
"These charter applicants will be held to those laws by the board who would be their authorizer. They're going to have to serve the population of kids that the local public school system serves," says Boffy.
The BESE Committee's recommendation is just that. A recommendation that will move to the full board for a final vote Wednesday.