Louisiana law requires each charter school to provide a comprehensive report to its chartering authority at the end of its the third year. If the charter school is achieving its stated goals and objectives pursuant to its approved charter, then the authorizer must extend the charter for the additional two-year period as provided in law. It does not require a similar report at the end of its fifth year of operation.
Louisiana law requires schools seeking renewal to apply for it and requires each chartering authority to share their renewal criteria and procedures with their schools.
State law requires that any charter school overseen by a local school board is automatically renewed if it has met or exceeded the benchmarks established in accordance with the school and district accountability systems, has demonstrated growth in student achievement, and has had no significant audit findings for the three consecutive years prior to its consideration for renewal.
Louisiana law provides that no charter shall be renewed unless the charter renewal applicant can demonstrate, using standardized test scores, improvement in the academic performance of pupils over the term of the charter school's existence.
Louisiana regulation provides that state-authorized charter school in Louisiana receiving an academically unacceptable performance label based on state assessment and accountability program results from the school’s fourth year of operation (or for subsequent renewals, the year prior to the submission of a renewal application) will not be eligible for renewal unless certain conditions are met.
Louisiana law provides that an authorizer may revoke a charter contract if the school failed to improve the academic performance of students on standardized tests over the term of the charter school's existence, committed a material violation of any of the conditions, standards, or procedures provided for in the approved charter, failed to meet or pursue within the agreed timelines any of the academic and other educational results specified in the approved charter, failed to meet generally accepted accounting standards of fiscal management, or violated any provision of law applicable to a charter school, its officers, or its employees.
Louisiana law allows charter contracts to be renewed for additional periods of not less than three nor more than ten years after thorough review by the approving chartering authority of the charter school's operations and compliance with charter requirements.
Louisiana law requires authorizers to notify schools in writing of any decisions made relative to renewal or non-renewal of a school’s charter not later than January 31st of the year in which the charter would expire.
Under state regulations, prior to meeting to present a recommendation of revocation of any charter authorized by the state board of education, the state department of education must notify the charter operator of the reasons. Regulations provide that the school must have an opportunity to provide input and a hearing must be held consistent with due process protections. These provisions are only applicable to charters authorized by the state board of education, not to charters authorized by other entities.
The law requires that revocation decisions must be made by a majority vote at a formal meeting of the local district board or the state board of education.
State board rule details procedures for asset recordkeeping and disposition in the event of a school closure. However, they don’t ensure timely parent notification and orderly student and record transitions.