Mississippi First believes that high-quality public charter schools should be a part of our state’s public education reform strategy. While we understand the controversy this issue has produced in Mississippi, we come to our position with a primary focus on national policy research.

National studies have clearly identified certain districts, states, and charter managers that have produced remarkable results in some of the nation’s lowest-performing areas with the least advantaged children. We want Mississippi to pull from the best practices of other states in order to build a high-quality public charter schools sector.

In 2013, the Mississippi State Legislature adopted a new charter school law.

Prior to the Mississippi Charter Schools Act of 2013, the only charter schools allowed in Mississippi were public school conversions. Under the Mississippi Charter Schools Act of 2013, a seven-member authorizing board will solicit and approve charter school applications for both new schools and conversions. To learn more about charter schools in Mississippi, check out our page Understanding Charter Schools.

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Charter Schools Blog Posts

MCSAB: Hiring a Grants Coordinator

November 9, 2017 by MacKenzie Stroh
From the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board website, posted on 11/9/2017. To see the original post, click here. ​The Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board seeks a self-motivated professional with excellent problem solving and communication skills to be its Grants Coordinator. A successful candidate will have the...

$15M to Expand High-Quality Public Charter Schools in Mississippi

September 28, 2017 by MacKenzie Stroh
Today, the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board received a $15M grant from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) through the Expanding Opportunities Through Quality Charter Schools Program Grants to State Entities (CSP State Entities program). ED selected 9 state entities out of 22 state applicants...

Charter School to Open in the Mississippi Delta

September 11, 2017 by MacKenzie Stroh
Today, the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board approved the fifth public charter school for the state: Clarksdale Collegiate Public Charter School. The school is set to open in the fall of 2018 in Clarksdale, Miss., and at full enrollment will serve students in grades K-8....

MCSAB Looking for Deputy Director

April 11, 2017 by MacKenzie Stroh
The Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board (MCSAB) is looking for a Deputy Director. MCSAB is the state’s sole charter school authorizer. It is dedicated to increasing access to excellent public schools by authorizing high-quality charter schools, particularly schools designed to expand opportunities for underserved students....