What’s Next for Charter School Applicants?

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The people desiring to establish a charter school in Red River Parish are considering their next move. The Red River Parish School Board has denied their application.

Crystal Cummins is heading the effort to get the new charter school. In a statement following the board’s vote to deny the application, Cummins said, “Although we greatly disagree with many of the areas the third party assessor mentioned in her review of our application, we will of course consider her input and discuss possible next steps with our Board of Directors.”

In her statement, Cummins added, “Our first choice has always been to work cooperatively with the Red River Parish School Board, but we also do have the option of appealing to the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), which we will be one of our considerations.”

Cummins told The Journal, “We may revise the application to address some of the concerns raised by the independent evaluator. We have until June 22nd to appeal to the BESE Board.”

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