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

Mississippi First Releases 2nd Keeping the Promise: Charter School Brief

November 6, 2015 by MacKenzie Stroh
This week, Mississippi First released the second brief in the Keeping the Promise series. The Keeping the Promise Policy Briefs give recommendations for strengthening the charter school law and ensuring its high-quality implementation. The first brief, released earlier this year, identified weaknesses in the Mississippi...


March 23, 2015 by MacKenzie Stroh
Mississippi First on behalf of the Mississippi Charter Schools Association REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR CONSULTANT The Mississippi Charter Schools Association (MCSA) is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to drive the development and growth of high-quality public charter schools through school support, advocacy, and outreach....

MSF releases Charter School Media Toolkit

October 28, 2014 by MacKenzie Stroh
This week, Mississippi First released a 22-page Charter School Media Toolkit. This toolkit was created by Mississippi First to help local media better understand charter schools in the state. The toolkit outlines the history of charter schools in Mississippi, information about the Mississippi Charter School...

Charter Schools: A Choice to Integrate?

May 21, 2014 by Angela Bass
As we mark the sixtieth anniversary of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court ruling which declared separate public schools for white and black children inherently unequal, we confront the reality of public schools that are still single-race in too many communities...