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

New Charter School Resources

February 21, 2014 by MSF Staff
Mississippi First is committed to producing and providing documents and resources that will help to raise public awareness around key education reform issues in Mississippi. Most recently, Mississippi First has been working on creating a variety of resources specific to charter schools in the state....

On behalf of the Mississippi Charter Schools Association, Mississippi First subgrants $25,500 to the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board

January 2, 2014 by MSF Staff
We’ve gotten a few questions about recent reports that we gave $25,500 to the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board. Please see below for a press release about the subgrant and its purposes. ### PRESS RELEASE Mississippi First MacKenzie Stroh Director of Communications mackenzie@mississippifirst.org 662.743.4055 On...

Conversion Charter Schools: A Quick Guide

October 4, 2013 by MSF Staff
A Jackson group is looking to convert Lanier High into a charter school. Here's how they can do it.

Charter Schools: Authorizing Board Nominations Complete

August 30, 2013 by MSF Staff
Lt. Governor Tate Reeves has announced his three nominees for the Public Charter School Authorizing Board.  With these nominations, all seven seats on Mississippi’s lone charter school authorizer have been filled, pending Senate approval.  Other nominations were made by Governor Bryant (3 nominations) and State...