Lafayette charter groups seek state approval

LAFAYETTE (AP) — The two charter school applications rejected by the Lafayette Parish School Board last month may get a second chance at being approved.
The applications are headed to the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for approval next week.
Last month, the school board voted to reject the request from Louisiana Achievement Charter Academies and National Heritage Academies to open two schools and an application from Lafayette Charter Foundation and Charter Schools USA to open three schools in the parish.
The board’s rejection allowed the groups to appeal to BESE to open as a different kind of charter which gives BESE control over the charter’s contract and opens enrollment to students statewide.
The applications will be considered by the BESE board on Oct. 16.

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