In 2015, Mississippi First published two policy briefs in the Keeping the Promise series. These briefs provided recommendations to improve the law and provided insight into how Mississippi could increase independent charter schools.

This brief detailed examined how to increase approvals of independent charter schools. The brief highlights the barriers to starting independent charter schools in Mississippi and provides detailed recommendations for supporting applicants of independent charter schools.

In this brief, we compare the Mississippi Charter Schools Act of 2013 to the recommendations made by Mississippi First and the Mississippi Coalition for Public Charter Schools (MCPCS). To that end, the purpose of this brief is not to explain the law but rather to assess whether the law meets the standards set by MSF and the MCPCS. We also make further recommendations about how to strengthen the law.

About the Authors

Rachel Canter

Executive Director

Rachel Canter is the Executive Director of Mississippi First and author of additional Mississippi First reports, including Leaving Last in Line, the State of Pre-K series, and Public Perception of Public Charter Schools (2019). Rachel founded Mississippi First in 2008.

Angela Bass

Deputy Director of Policy

Angela Bass was the Deputy Director of Policy for Mississippi First from 2014-2019. She analyzed policy and data, developed policy proposals, conducted advocacy activities directed toward policymakers, wrote research and policy papers, and delivered policy presentations. She is also the co-author of The State of Public Pre-K in Mississippi (2011-2012).

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