Practice Contact: Preston J. Castille, Jr.
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.
More than 3 million students attend, and more than 129,000 teachers are employed at 6,900 charter schools nationwide. There are 44 states, including the District of Columbia, that have enacted a charter school law, and there is a total of $333 million in federal funding that has been dedicated to those schools, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
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.
Our additional practice area representation and experience in charter school law includes:
In addition to following policies set forth in their charters, charter school administrators are often faced with a myriad of other legal concerns crossing over into other practice areas, and Taylor Porter’s charter school attorneys work with and consult with representatives from our multidisciplinary base of practice areas to ease and resolve those matters. 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. Taylor Porter Partner Preston Castille, who serves as the National President of the Southern University Alumni Federation, volunteers as Chairman of the Board of Directors of New Schools for Baton Rouge, and he is a member of the Mentorship Academy School Board. Taylor Porter Partner and Diversity Committee Chair Katia Bowman is a board member of IDEA Public Schools Louisiana, Inc., and Taylor Porter Associate Ne’Shira Millender is a board member of Volunteers in Public Schools.
CHARTER SCHOOLS BY THE NUMBERS
|44||States with charter schools|
|1995||Year charter public school law was enacted in Louisiana|
|146||Number of Louisiana charter schools in 2017|
|84,400||Number of Louisiana charter school students in 2017|
Source: National Alliance for Public Charter Schools