Charter Schools

Three Charter Applicants in Final Consideration

Three charter school applicants have moved to the final stage of consideration in the 2017 application cycle. A team of evaluators will assess detailed  school plans and hold in-person interviews with applicants seeking to open charter schools in the Canton, Clarksdale, and Sunflower County school districts. Approvals/denials will be announced at the board’s September 11 meeting. • …

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Letters of Intent Submitted by Nine Charter Applicants

Nine charter school applicants submitted letters of intent to the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board indicating they plan to participate in Mississippi’s 2017 charter school application process. The proposed charter schools would be located in the following school districts: Canton, Clarksdale, Columbus, Greenwood, Holmes County (2), Jackson (2), South Pike, and Sunflower County.

Charter Schools Performance Data Released

An annual report on the 2015-2016 performance of Mississippi charter schools was approved by the authorizer board at its December 5 meeting. This report includes assessment results, comparative data on proficiency and academic growth for charter schools and Jackson Public Schools, financial and organizational performance data, and charter school accountability ratings. Midtown Public Charter School earned a state rating of …

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Board Denies Charter to I Can Schools

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 …

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Charter Board Issues Statement on School Performance

Preliminary data on the 2015-2016 proficiency rates of ReImagine Prep and Midtown Public students has been released by the Mississippi Department of Education. A statement from the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board says that the schools are not currently meeting the board’s expectations for performance. A comprehensive evaluation of the two charter schools will be released later in the fall.

Letters of Intent Submitted for 14 New Charter Schools

Nine charter school operators, five of which are headquartered out-of-state, submitted letters of intent to the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board for 14 new charter schools to open in the fall of 2017 or thereafter (11 in the Jackson Public School District, 1 in Newton Municipal School District, 1 in Sunflower County School District, and 1 in …

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RFP Available for 2016 Applicants

The final Request for Proposals (RFP) is now available for applicants seeking to open charter schools in the fall of 2017 or thereafter. Guidelines and full instructions for applicants can be found in the RFP. 2016 Charter School RFP

Two More Jackson Charter Schools Under Consideration

Jackson area K-8 (Joel E. Smilow Collegiate Charter School) and middle grade (Joel E. Smilow Prep Charter School) charter schools proposed by RePublic Schools were moved to the final round of consideration in the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board’s July meeting. The board voted to reject the other remaining application for a 300-student high school in Natchez, …

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