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Welcome to LAPCS’ 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Louisiana Charter Schools Conference! Use this site to browse our sessions, speakers, and make your own schedule. Questions? Email us at info@lacharterschools.org
Thursday, December 14 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Understanding Louisiana in a National Legal Landscape

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Are charter schools public schools? Are we political subdivisions of the state? Does ERISA apply to us? Are or aren't these questions already answered--and does that matter? Through a conversation with a national legal expert, Renita Thukral from the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools, learn more about the role Louisiana charter schools are playing in national debates--not just between states but also between the states and federal authorities like the IRS and Dept. of Labor. And more importantly, learn what type of risks these sorts of issues create for our schools and who has final say.

*Participants will earn a 1-hr CLE credit for this session.

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Sarah Vandergriff

Policy & Legal Director, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
Sarah Vandergriff, a New Orleans native, received her bachelor’s degree from Sewanee: The University of the South in religion and psychology. After briefly teaching at her alma mater, the Academy of the Sacred Heart, she then earned a dual J.D./M.A. from Loyola University of New... Read More →

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Renita Thukral

Senior National Advisor for Legal Affairs, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Renita Thukral is the Senior National Advisor for Legal Affairs for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, where she leads and grows the Alliance of Public Charter School Attorneys; addresses civil rights, fiscal equity, and labor/employment issues confronting charter schools... Read More →