February 07, 2019
Covering a variety of charter school legal issues from best practices to administration succession planning, financing of facilities, and labor and employment concerns, Taylor Porter attorneys served as presenters at the annual Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools "Bottom Line" Professional Development Conference, held in Baton Rouge on Feb. 7, 2019. Attendees included charter school leaders and administrators from throughout Louisiana. LAPCS is a membership organization that serves as a voice for the charter school movement in Louisiana, representing more than 90 percent of charter schools in Louisiana who serve 80,000 of students statewide.
Taylor Porter attorneys Preston Castille, Vicki Crochet, Nancy Dougherty and Ne'Shira Millender served as the speakers for the event, discussing the following topics related to charter schools:
By partnering with a variety of local and national experts as program hosts, the Bottom Line Training School Growth & Sustainability Conference keeps charter schools well informed of current hot topics and long-standing best practices through a series of year-round in-person events, webinars, and memo updates.
Taylor Porter attorneys represent and advise charter schools, charter school boards, and charter school advocacy organizations in the emerging and developing, but yet challenging and complex field of charter school law. Charter schools are independently-operated public schools that operate under a contract with a charter school authorizer, typically a nonprofit, government agency, or university that holds them accountable to standards outlined in their charter. Louisiana’s Charter School Law was enacted in 1995 (Act 192), and since the law went into effect, 146 schools have been classified as charter schools with 84,400 students attending those schools.
Although charter schools are exempt from many of the requirements imposed by state and local boards of education, charter schools must comply with state laws governing public entities, including the Code of Ethics, Open Meetings Law, Local Government Budget Act, Public Records Act, and Public Bid Law, among others. Charter schools must also comply with policies set by their authorizer. Taylor Porter attorneys, therefore, represent and advise charter schools regarding board governance, ethics, and open-meetings, and work with charter school administrators to review and negotiate contracts and operating agreements with businesses, vendors and state and local education agencies.
These representative matters can include:
In addition to practicing charter school law and representing our charter school clients, Taylor Porter attorneys serve on boards for public charter schools and charter school advocacy organizations.