2014 Charter School Application Cycle

2014 OPSB Charter School Request For Applications (RFA) Process

The 2014 OPSB Charter School RFA process is now closed; no new charter school applications are being accepted  by the district at this time.

Cover sheets and executive summaries for all submissions received in response to the 2014 OPSB Charter School RFA are available below.

The recommendation report provided by the district’s independent evaluation team, as well as district administration recommendations, will be posted to this website as soon as they are completed. The results of the independent evaluation are taken under advisement, but neither the recommendations of the evaluation teams nor those of district administration are binding on the School Board.

The School Board will host a Public Hearing regarding 2014 charter applications at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the OPSB Central Office, prior to its regularly-scheduled July Committee meetings.

Complete copies of all 2014 charter application materials will be available for public viewing at both the Hearing and the Board Business Meeting on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

Cypress Charter School Association

Foundation Preparatory, Inc.

OutLearn Charter School

Pathways in Education- Louisiana

Citywide Authorizer Priorities

OPSB has adopted strategic priorities to guide its charter authorization efforts, based on an assessment of the district’s needs and future goals. These strategic priorities have been adopted by the Board and released to the public prior to the close of the application period. Alignment with the district’s strategic priorities will be considered as a primary factor for all applicants in the proposal evaluation process.

The 2014 Citywide Authorizer Priorities can be viewed here: 2014 Authorizer Priorities

2014 Application Materials

Notice of Intent & Eligibility Review, is located here: 2014 Part 1 Application

Part 2 Application and Supplementary Materials, is located here: 2014 Part 2 Application

2014 Applicant Orientation Presentation:  2014 RFA Orientation

2014 OPSB Charter School RFA Timeline

RFA Release February 4 –Part 1
February 19 –Part 2
Applicant Information Session & RFA Orientation February 24
Type 1 Proposal Overview & Eligibility Documentation Due March 7
Type 3 Conversion — Notice of Intent & Eligibility Documentation Due March 7
Type 3 Conversion – Demonstrated Support Procedures Administered March 14 – March 28
Type 1 and Type 3 – Complete Applications due April 4, 2:00 pm CST
Type 3 Conversion – Demonstrated Support Procedures Results Announced April 7
Re-submission deadline April 9
Final Completeness re-check April 11
Independent Evaluation April 14-May 16
Requests for Clarification presented to applicants May 27
Deadline for applicant responses to Request for Clarification June 3
Capacity Interview (All applicants are required to hold both dates) June 9 – 10
Evaluator Recommendations presented to applicants and OPSB staff June 27
Deadline for applicant response to NACSA recommendation July 7
OPSB Administration Recommendations presented to applicants and Board July 15
OPSB Accountability Committee Meeting – Public Hearing July 17
OPSB July Board Business Meeting – Final Decisions July 22

 Additional Resources for Applicants

Prospective applicants may also wish to review:

· The Louisiana Common Charter Application, which is available on the Louisiana Department of Education’s website, link here

· The additional resources page of this website, which provides links to outside resources that may assist in preparing your application, link here

District Application Contact

Should you have additional questions regarding any aspect of the 2014 OPSB Charter School RFA process, the OPSB Charter School Office primary contact for all RFA-related matters is:

Sean Perkins
Executive Director of Portfolio Management

For information on OPSB’s 2013 Charter School RFA process, click here.

For additional resources for prospective applicants, click here.


Public Disclosure
All responses to the Charter School RFA submitted to OPSB are public records, pursuant to the Louisiana Public Records Law, LSA-R.S. 44:1 et seq.
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