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Across New Orleans, more than 90 percent of public school students currently attend charter schools. These schools have led to a dramatic increase in the number of students meeting academic proficiency standards and the performance gap between students in Orleans Parish and Louisiana as a whole has dramatically decreased over the last 12 years.

Despite these gains, additional progress is needed.  Every student in New Orleans deserves equal access to high quality schools where their interests will come first, where they and their families will have choice, and where educators will have the tools and support they need to be successful.

OPSB is pleased to announce the Fall 2017 charter school application process. We seek proposals from highly qualified applicants to open new Type 1 charter schools and transform existing public schools into Type 3 charter schools.

Fall 2017 Charter Request For Application

Fall 2017 Charter RFA Timeline

Thank you for your interest in serving the students and families of Orleans Parish by applying to operate a Type 1 or Type 3 charter school.  The Fall 2017 Charter RFA calendar can be found below. Prospective applicants are encouraged to continue to check this page frequently, as all updates and new materials will be posted here as soon as they are available.

**Due to inclement weather and school closures, OPSB has extended the submission deadline for the Fall 2017 Charter RFA to Tuesday, September 5 at 12:00pm CDT.**

Charter RFA Release Part 1: July 21, 2017
Part 2: August 1, 2017
Part 1: Information Session (webinar) 11:00 a.m., July 25, 2017
Fluid Review Portal OpensJuly 26, 2017
Part 1: Eligibility & Prospectus due12:00 p.m., August 7, 2017
Eligibility Review Returned to ApplicantsAugust 9, 2017
Part 1: Prospectus Feedback SessionsTentative: August 16, 2017
Part 2: Information Session11:00 a.m., August 16, 2017
Line: 1-800-750-4065, Participant code: 256061#
Meeting Presentation will be added to this calendar on the morning of Aug. 16, 2017
Part 2: Complete Applications due12:00 p.m., September 5, 2017
Completeness findings Re-submission due5 p.m., September 8, 2017
Public HearingTentative: November 16, 2017
OPSB December Board Business Meeting – Presentation of Superintendent’s Recommendation*Tentative: December 14, 2017

Legal Requirements

Louisiana law sets out specific requirements for all groups submitting charter applications for either new-start Type 1 charter school or conversion of an existing public school into a Type 3 charter school:

  • Only nonprofit organizations may hold charters in Louisiana.
  • Application teams must include three Louisiana teachers certified by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

All applicants must meet these eligibility requirements in order to submit a full application.

Public Disclosure
All charter school application materials submitted to OPSB become public records, pursuant to the Louisiana Public Records Law, LSA-R.S. 44:1 et seq.

District Primary Contact

For any questions or concerns regarding the Fall 2017 OPSB Charter School RFA or charter school application evaluation process, please contact Forrest Collins, Director of New School Development, by email at [email protected].

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