Charter schools are one strategy to increase access to high-quality public education in Mississippi. Mississippi First was instrumental in getting the Mississippi Charter School Act of 2013 passed.

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In 2013, the Mississippi State Legislature adopted a new charter school law.
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In 2019, there are 6 charter schools operating in Mississippi. An additional school has been approved to open in the 2020-2021 school year in Greenwood, MS.
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There are 7 seats on the Mississippi Charter Schools Authorizing Board. They are responsible for approving charter schools.
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There are 1,750-plus students receiving their public education from a Mississippi charter school.

 

 

Charter schools are public schools. Charter schools get their name from the contract–or charter–that the school signs with the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board, the state agency that is allowed to create charter schools. The charter describes the rights and responsibilities of the school and binds the school to goals for its academic, financial, and organizational performance. Charter schools must meet these goals to continue to operate and must have their charters renewed at least every five years. In exchange for that accountability, the schools receive flexibility to innovate in areas like curriculum or schedules.

Learn More About Charter Schools in Mississippi

Today, there are six charter schools in Mississippi: five are located in Jackson, Mississippi, and one is located in Clarksdale, Mississippi. A seventh school was recently approved to open in Greenwood, Mississippi, in 2020-2021.

Mississippi First continues to support the charter school community through making recommendations that will strengthen the authorizing process and continue to make sure we have high accountability for public charter schools operating in Mississippi.

Charter Schools Blog Posts

Public Charter School Survey Findings Released

October 11, 2019 by MacKenzie Stroh
Jackson, MS—On October 7, 2019, the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board and Mississippi First released a new report titled Public Perception of Charter Schools in Mississippi. Through the Charter School Program (CSP) federal grant, Mississippi First was contracted by the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board...

Mississippi First Statement on the Charter School Lawsuit Victory

September 6, 2019 by MacKenzie Stroh
Yesterday, the Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of charter schools receiving state and local dollars. Mississippi First is thrilled for the 1,750-plus children receiving their public education from one of the six public charter schools in Mississippi. The ruling unequivocally affirms what we have said all along: public...

MCSAB Authorizes New Charter Schools

October 25, 2018 by MacKenzie Stroh
This year, the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board (MCSAB) has approved the application of three more charter schools, bringing the total count to eight public charter schools in Mississippi. Charter schools are free public schools. They get their name from the contract—or charter—that the school...

Accountability and Charter Schools

October 12, 2018 by MacKenzie Stroh
This week, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) made the 2017-2018 accountability scores public, after delaying the public release on September 20. Each year, Mississippi schools and districts are rated using an A-F scale, just like children receive a grade A, B, C, D, or...