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National Charter Schools Week

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BATON ROUGE- May 3rd through May 9th is National Charter Schools Week, giving charter schools throughout the country the chance to become more prominent and highlight their success.

In Louisiana there are over 134 schools serving over 70,000 students. This morning, State Representative, Steve Carter, and Sarah Broome stopped by to tell us more about charter schools.

"We get a lot more flexibility and autonomy in terms of hiring, how we run our curriculum, finances, and things like that," said Sarah Broome, from the THRIVE Academy. "That allows us to be a little more creative in the type of school model we design."

Charter schools are also constantly being held accountable for their different teaching methods.

"The thing I love about charter schools is that, in five years you have certain goals and objectives you must meet," said Representative Carter. "If you don't meet those, there's a chance they might shut you down."

According to Representative Carter, it's a lot more difficult to shut public schools down when they miss their marks.

Charter schools might not be the right decision for everyone. Whether or not a child is the right fit depends on what they're preferences are and what learning environment they thrive in.

"I think it's about working with each family individually to find what is the right fit for them and their kid," said Broome.

For more information on charter schools in Louisiana click here.

 

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