The 2016 application cycle has closed with no new authorizations for charter schools in Mississippi. The next application period should begin in January of 2017.
Today’s board action, on a vote of 4-2, denied the application of Ohio-based I Can Schools, which had sought to open three K-8 charter schools in Jackson. Other 2016 applicants were eliminated in earlier rounds of the multi-step process.
Currently, three charter schools are operating in Jackson; a fourth charter school was approved in 2015 and is set to open in Jackson in the fall of 2017.