Legislative Preview: Bill Would Place Limits On BESE’s Ability To Approve Charter Schools
Gubernatorial candidate John Bel Edwards has prefiled a bill for the upcoming legislative session which would prohibit the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education from approving charter school applications under certain circumstances.
According to a digest of the bill, the legislation would prohibit such charter applications if the proposed school is in a school system that received a "A" or "B" accountability letter grade. The local school board must also have denied or placed conditions on the charter.
Charter schools have been a point of contention in some school districts. The Lafayette Parish School Board in 2013 denied the charters for Charter Schools USA and the National Heritage Charter Academies, but the two groups appealed to BESE, who approved them as Type 2 charters.