BATON ROUGE - Come fall 2014, Louisiana could have more charter schools.
This month 35 organizations applied to start 100 new charter schools in 19 parishes. 22 of those organizations want to start those schools in the Capitol City.
The Louisiana Department of Education says about 65 percent of East Baton Rouge schools were rated a D or an F.
One of the newest charter schools, the Louisiana Key Academy, plans to open its doors for next school year, and says the process wasn't easy.
"It's rigorous, but it's necessary. We also don't want charters just coming in without the best of intentions. We want to make sure it's a sound institution," said Louisiana Key Academy administrator, Stephanie Davis.
Charter school applicants have to go through background checks and submit a business plan, as well as how it plans to serve its students.