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|Charter school planned for Franklin Parish|
Franklin Parish Charter School (FPCS) invites all the visitors to the Franklin Parish Catfish Festival on Saturday, April 12, to visit its booth in front of the old post office. Parents and guardians of children who are interested can complete an intent to apply form for the anticipated opening date of August 2009. The form can also be obtained through the website at www.franklincharter.com. FPCS will also be selling raffle tickets for $5 each for several prizes.
Franklin Parish Charter School will be an independent public school, tuition-free to all students that attend. The school will be located in Franklin Parish. The school will operate under an initial five year charter granted by a local school board or by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), subject to a third year review.
FPCS will be required to meet student achievement and other results or have its charter revoked. The school will be required to participate in the state accountability program, including high stakes testing. FPCS is organized as nonprofit corporation and governed by its own board of directors within the framework agreed to in the charter granted by the local school board or BESE. Under state law, charter schools are required to maintain an instructional faculty composed of at least 75 percent of the teachers certified by BESE.
Franklin Parish Charter School will be free from many laws and regulations governing public schools, but in the place of regulations, charter schools are held accountable for student achievement and other results. The charter school will be designed to provide learning environments to improve student achievement, particularly for those "at-risk."
Under federal law, charter schools are required to meet the qualifications of instructional faculty set forth in the No Child Left Behind law. Charter schools are free to use a wide variety of educational resources and are not required to use state-approved textbooks. Charter schools are required to meet minimum standards of instructional time, as mandated by law; however, the length of the charter school day and year varies from school to school.
FPCS will prepare all students to be responsible citizens with sound character, lifelong learners, and part of the productive workforce by utilizing programs and activities which challenge and develop language literacy, mathematical proficiency, scientific competence, technological aptitude, and social maturity.
The school will receive funding from a general fund appropriation which flows through the State Department of Education and BESE. FPCS must reflect the at-risk population of traditional public school students in the district in which it is located.
Franklin Parish Charter School is dedicated to quality education, which both requires and imparts trust, cooperation, integrity, and teamwork. FPCS has a volunteer board that reflects the diverse backgrounds that exist in the parish. The board members serve with no salary or stipend.
Visit the website for more information at www.franklincharter.com, or to stop by the FPCS booth across from the old post office during the Catfish Festival on Saturday, April 12.