As we've been reporting some new charters schools are on the way for Lafayette Parish. But as with public schools, no two charters are alike.
"No cherry picking here. We believe every child can learn," says Cook. Dr. Mary Louella Riggs Cook is the board president for the Lafayette Charter Foundation.
The foundation will act as the school board for the Charters in Youngsville and Couret farms. "We have been approved by BESE and not the Lafayette Parish School Board; that's why the students will be able to come from all parishes within Louisiana."
Dr. Cook says the charters under the foundation's wings are true public charter schools required to follow guidelines the state and federal government imposes.
"Free and reduced lunch students, high risk, low socioeconomic students will all be part of our schools."
Cook says what will not be part of her charters is politics. She explains that the locations chosen are locations in need. "We have overcrowded schools. We have students who need personalized educational plans, because one strategy does not fit every child. "
Dr. Cook says the charter schools managed by Charter Schools USA in Lafayette Parish will be funded by private investors, MFP money provided by the state, grants dollars, and of course some fundraising efforts.