An outside evaluator hired by the East Baton Rouge Parish school system has recommended approving applications from two charter school groups, including Scottsdale, Arizona-based BASIS Schools, and rejecting five others. The School Board is set to consider the seven applicants when it meets at 5 p.m. Thursday at the School Board Office, 1050 S. Foster Drive. Another applicant, Charter Schools USA, withdrew its application. Eight groups apply to start charter schools in Baton Rouge Private organizations are asking the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board to give its blessi… The board also plans to consider renewing its contract with Philadelphia-based Aramark to run school maintenance and other support work. After reviewing proposals from 11 companies and interviewing seven, Superintendent Warren Drake is urging the board to stay with Aramark. The nearest competitor was Cleveland-based GCA Services Group. For the second year in a row, Katie Blunschi served as the legally required outside evaluator of charter school applications. Blunschi is a retired school administrator from the school system. Charter schools are public schools run by private groups via charters, or contracts. BASIS seeking to open charter schools in Baton Rouge, New Orleans: 'We do not lower the bar,' CEO says of… Read full this story
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