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The push to establish a charter school in Franklin Parish will continue, despite a vote last week by the Franklin Parish School Board denying a request to form the school
Petitioning the local school board is the first step in establishing a Type 1 charter school. Type 1, Type 3 and Type 4 charter schools receive funding from the Minimum Foundation which flows through the local school board.
"We've made attempts to work with the board under the Type 1 charter agreement," said Nick Poulos, representative for Franklin Charter. "Since they have refused, we will now apply to BESE for a Type 2 charter."
Delhi Charter School operates under the Type 2 charter.
Type 2 charter schools receive funding from a general fund appropriation which flows through the State Department of Education and BESE. If granted a Type 2 charter, Franklin Parish Charter School will operate as a nonprofit corporation and be governed by its own board of directors within the framework agreed to in the charter.
The board will consist of volunteer members from within the parish. FPCS will be an independent public school, tuition-free to all students that attend.
According to the Louisiana Department of Education, charter schools operate under a five year contract granted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) or the local school board, and are subject to a third year review.
According to the website, (www.franklincharter.com), charter schools are designed to encourage innovative strategies to meet the needs of students, particularly those "at-risk." Charter schools are free from many of the laws and regulations governing public schools, while still accountable for student achievement results.
Under federal law, Franklin Charter will be required to meet the qualifications of instructional faculty and the minimum standards of instructional time. Independent public schools are free to use a wide variety of educational resources.
Charter schools are not required to use state-approved textbooks and the length of the school day and year varies from school to school. Charter schools are established to provide options for parents to send their children to schools that may more closely meet the particular needs of that child.
For more information, or to sign-up for the Franklin Parish Charter School newsletter, visit their website at www.franklincharter.com.