Charter Schools USA:
Your tax dollars at work - as long as they are supplemented with corporate investments and government grants (oops! That's the same as your tax money.)
How does he do it?
Opening Fall 2014 at 205 Vienne Lane, in Lafayette, Louisiana 70507
http://www.acadianacharter.org. Opening fall of 2014
Opening Fall 2014 at 600 Savoy Road, in Youngsville, Louisiana 70592
Looks like same school building to me!
Opening Fall 2014 at 24360 Enterprise Blvd., in Plaquemine, Louisiana 70764
The state will fund the school with public dollars, but a group called Charter School U.S.A. will run it. The Florida based company is not new to Louisiana. They also run 2 schools in Lake Charles. During it's 1st and only year of state testing the Louisiana Department of Education website shows Lake Charles Charter Academy scored a "D" in both math and reading.
Click here to see the LADOE Report Card for Lake Charles Charter Academy. (Except you can't find it here)
http://www.midcitycharter.org. .??? Opened 2013
A Minnesota-based developer has purchased a 52,000-square-foot office building on Lobdell Avenue for $1.3 million, and has plans to turn it into a charter school. Ryan Companies US Inc. purchased the building at 1900 N. Lobdell Ave. on Monday and will renovate the building for Charter Schools USA, which plans to house a new school on the 6-acre campus, says Steve Legendre of Beau Box Commercial Real Estate, who represented Ryan in the deal. Jonathan Starns of Donnie Jarreau Real Estate represented the seller, Educational Management Services. The previous tenants at the property, which include Baton Rouge College, have been relocated, Legendre says. Charter Schools USA is taking applications for students in grades K-6 and plans to open the Baton Rouge Charter Academy at Mid City in August, according to the group's website. The site says the school will teach kindergarten through sixth-grade students during the 2013-14 school year, with seventh- and eighth-grade classes to be added "in subsequent years." Charter Schools USA says it manages 48 schools across the country. The group has a rendering of the Baton Rouge school that you can check out here. —April Castro
Caddo Parish - magnolia School of Excellence
KSLA News 12 reached out to Caddo Parish schools to see how they feel about the new charter school. Superintendent Gerald Dawkins sent us a statement saying, "We are the authorizer of the Magnolia Charter and have worked with them throughout the process. We acknowledge that they are an option for parents but feel more strongly in our schools and programs. If we experience losses in enrollment, we are prepared to deal with that."
None of these schools can be found on the LDOE website for report cards or school performance scores. Why?
Lee P. Barrios, M.Ed., NBCT
Secondary English, Journalism, Gifted
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