The Lafayette Parish School Board voted against the proposals by two groups who wanted to open charter schools in Lafayette Parish, but that may not be the end of the story.

Louisiana Achievement Charter Academies and National Heritage Academies applications were rejected last month by school board members, but those applications will now make their way to the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

BESE will decide on those applications next week.

Louisiana Achievement Charter Academies and National Heritage Academies want to open two schools, while the Lafayette Charter Foundation and Charter Schools USA to open three schools in the parish.

The two groups will now 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.

BESE is likely to decide the fate of those charter schools next week on October 16.