The Louisiana Department of Education is not recommending approval of a charter application for a Lake Charles organization as it plans to build a second location for Kindergarten through 6th grades.
In a report released Friday, The Dept. of Education and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers said Lake Charles Charter Academy Foundation, Inc. didn't meet certain standards in it's application. The application does not appear to affect the current charter school, which opened earlier this year.
Louisiana Dept. of Education Spokesperson Renee Greer said a BESE committee will review the panel's recommendations at a meeting Tuesday in Baton Rouge. The full BESE board is scheduled to act on the committee's recommendation Wednesday.
"Historically, BESE has accepted public comments on charter approvals at its meetings," Greer said.
The Lake Charles Charter Academy Foundation was met with resistance in May when it went before the Calcasieu Parish School Board with a similar application. When the School Board rejected the application, foundation president Gene Thibodeaux said he wasn't surprised and planned to appeal.
"We're very optimistic that our second application will be approved and that we're going to open a second K-8 school hopefully in August of 2012," Thibodeaux said at the time.
In a 13 page report, an evaluation team noted the Academy partially met standard requirements for a charter. The application only met or exceeded standards for its education plan.
In it's summary, the report blames the academy's choice for managing the school, CSUSA.
"The primary concern of the Evaluation Team in assessing organizational capacity is CSUSA's lack of compelling evidence that it will be effective with a high needs population and its inexperience implementing its educational model under Louisiana standards and the significant differences between the populations of its more successful Florida schools and the population it will serve in Calcasieu Parish," the report said.
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The following is a news release from the Louisiana Dept. of Education: