Keeping the Promise Briefs

The Keeping the Promise Briefs are a series of policy briefs Mississippi First wrote after the initial passage of the Mississippi Charter Schools Act to review the strengths of the law, examine its implementation in the initial years, and suggest improvements.

Public Perception of Charter Schools in Mississippi

The Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board commissioned Mississippi First in 2019 and 2020 to publish a report that summarizes and explains the findings from a public opinion poll.

In 2017, the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board (MCSAB) received a federal Charter Schools Program grant to “further enable the fulfillment of MCSAB’s vision to have parent and community input into the operation of [charter] schools.” Among other strategies, MCSAB proposed to “sponsor an annual parent and general public survey” that would “assess awareness, general sentiment, satisfaction levels, and concerns about charter schools.” In 2018, and again in 2020, MCSAB commissioned Mississippi First to design, conduct, analyze, and report on an annual parent and general public survey conducted via telephone in the state of Mississippi.

Mississippi First partnered with the Survey Research Lab at Mississippi State University (SRL) to finalize the survey questions and administer the survey via telephone in July 2020. Eleven (11) demographic items were added to the 32 survey items in order to ensure respondents were representative and to enable analysis based on demographic factors. Participants were randomly drawn from one of two parent pools: a non-charter parent pool, which included parents of children eligible to attend, but not enrolled in, charter schools; and a charter parent pool, which included all parents of children enrolled in charter schools in 2019-2020.

In 2017, the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board (MCSAB) received a federal Charter Schools Program grant that required them to “sponsor an annual parent and general public survey” to “assess awareness, general sentiment, satisfaction levels, and concerns about charter schools.” In 2018, MCSAB contracted with Mississippi First to design and implement this survey. Mississippi First partnered with the Survey Research Lab at Mississippi State University (SRL) to finalize the survey questions and administer the survey via telephone in April and May 2019.

Basic Information about Charter Schools

This one-pager, published in 2016, explains the history of charter school legislation in Mississippi starting in 1997.

This two-page document, published in 2016, explains the similarities and differences between traditional public and charter schools. The biggest similarity they are both free public schools! This document was created to help people learn what charter schools are for those interested in opening one. We strongly encourage you to reach out to the Mississippi Education Accelerator if you are interested in opening a charter school.