BESE authorizes creation of 2 new charter schools
BATON ROUGE- State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education committee has authorized the creation of two new charter schools set to open next year over the objects of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board.
The action came Tuesday despite fierce opposition from local school leaders, including Superintendent Warren Drake.
The schools are Apex Southeast Inc., which will gradually serve low-income students in grades six to 12, and Laurel Oaks Foundation, which will eventually house students from kindergarten through eighth grade.
The state Department of Education, following the recommendation of an independent evaluator, recommended that the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approve both.
Final approve is expected Wednesday.