Lafayette Parish has no charter schools, but that could be about to change.

Charter schools are public schools that are run by independent groups but must give oversight authority to state or local officials.

Two groups, Charter Schools USA and National Academies, have both asked for permission to open charter schools in Lafayette parish.

It would be likely that four charter schools, if given permission, would be developed in Lafayette.

Backers of charter schools says they offer more options to parents and students.

Many suggest that charter schools just draw money away from the general school system.