A charter school is a public school that was approved by the State of Louisiana to have special freedoms and programs. Charter schools can be independent from traditional school district and state regulations. The State of Louisiana established charter school legislation with the intent of giving public schools more autonomy in exchange for increased student achievement.
Charter schools must be authorized by BESE or a Parish School Board, which must approve the charter school’s application for charter status. The charter application describes the school’s goals, governance structure, insurance requirements, employee benefits, and almost every area related to the school’s functioning.