Louisiana charter applications decline

Article By: Charles Lussier | March 31, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

The state has received fewer applications this year from those seeking to open new charter schools, but that’s partly due to more applicants trying their luck with local school boards, which historically have been hostile to charters.

A spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Education, Barry Landry, said the agency has worked hard to persuade charter management organizations to consider setting up schools outside of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the areas most in demand until now, and to work with local school districts.

The state released copies of the 22 applications submitted by the March 7 deadline.

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