BR charter school awarded $250,000 grant

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Louisiana Key Academy Principal Stephanie Davis checks on a classroom as she makes the rounds at the new charter school on Tuesday in Baton Rouge. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Louisiana Key Academy Principal Stephanie Davis checks on a classroom as she makes the rounds at the new charter school on Tuesday in Baton Rouge.

A Baton Rouge charter school for students with dyslexia has landed a $250,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation, school officials said.

The school, Louisiana Key Academy, opened last year with about 125 students.

It resumes classes in August for students in grades 1,2 and 3.

The grant will allow the school to hire a curriculum director, an additional reading interventionist and a program development director, according to a press release.

Students with dyslexia have trouble reading and difficulties recognizing words.

The school, which is the only public one of its kind in the Baton Rouge area, is located at 3172 Government St.

Charter schools are public schools run by non-governmental boards.

Dr. Laura Cassidy, the wife of U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, is president of the panel that oversees the academy.