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.

Mississippi Charter Schools Act of 2013

Prior to the Mississippi Charter Schools Act of 2013, the only charter schools allowed in Mississippi were public school conversions. Under the 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.

Click here to read our full policy position.

Charter Schools Blog Posts

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....

MSF Releases Mississippi Voices: Public Perception of Pre-K-12 Education in Mississippi

March 8, 2017 by MacKenzie Stroh
Today, Mississippi First released Mississippi Voices: Public Perception of Pre-K-12 Education in Mississippi, a report revealing public perceptions of the issues that Mississippi First supports as well as perceptions of the broader public education context in Mississippi. The report is based on the responses of...

Parents File Motion to Intervene in the Charter School Lawsuit

August 12, 2016 by MacKenzie Stroh
Jackson, MS–On August 10, 2016, the Mississippi Justice Institute, on behalf of three public charter school parents, filed a motion to intervene in the charter school lawsuit recently brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center. After filing the motion, the Mississippi Justice Institute held a...