Application Tracks & Types

Operator Tracks

The Fall 2017 Charter RFA process will provide applicants with a choice of customized application tracks most relevant to their background and organizational capabilities. Applicant’s will notice the customized response in their capacity interview and request for clarification from the independent evaluators.

TrackQualifications
New Operators• nonprofit organization whose primary members (founder and/or proposed school leader) do not have prior experience in leading or managing a public school, AND
• who do not intend to employ an educational service provider (ESP) with prior experience in leading or managing public schools*
Existing School Operators• nonprofit organizations whose primary members (founder and/or proposed school leader) have prior experience in leading or managing a single school, AND/OR
• who intend to employ an educational service provider (ESP) with prior experience in managing a single school
Experienced Charter Operators• nonprofit organizations which have operated more than one charter school, AND/OR
• nonprofit organizations which intend to employ an education service provider (ESP) which has operated more than one charter school.

Applicant Types

OPSB is providing applicants with an opportunity to identify the types of Type 1 charters they are interested in operating in Orleans Parish. This selection will also inform how independent and OPSB evaluators review an application.

TypeDefinitionNotes
Type 3 ConversionThe conversion of existing OPSB district-operated public schools to charter schools.Eligible for Type 3 conversion:
• Benjamin Franklin ES
• Mary McLeod Bethune ES
• McDonogh #35 HS
Type 1 – New Start
Proposals for new charter schools.
Type 1 - TransformationProposals that intend to serve all or some of the students in an existing Orleans parish charter school that is subject to closure.Pursuant to state law, any operator seeking the conversion of a Type 5 charter school currently under the jurisdiction of the Recovery School District (RSD) should submit an application as a Type 1 Transformation.
Type 1 – Transformation (Full Takeover)Charter applicants which intend to continue to serve all grade levels and all students currently enrolled at the closing school.
Type 1 – Transformation (Reconfiguration)Charter applicants which intend to change the grade levels served at the closing school, while serving all eligible students currently enrolled at the school.• Phase Outs: begin by serving all current students, but intend to discontinue one or more grade levels as current students matriculate
• Phase Ins: begin by serving only a subset of grade levels currently offered by the school, but serve all current students in those grade levels

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