Thursday, June 5, 2014
Previously, Mississippi's charter law had several conditions and restrictions on the opening of charter schools. Most important were standards pertaining to local need for the school and its effect and interrelation with traditional public schools. As a result, no charter application had previously qualified for approval. Mississippi revised its charter law in 2013 and has now approved the first charter school in the state. A middle school is set to open in Jackson for the 2015-16 school year, with a capacity of 440 students. The charter law, however, remains strict, authorizing the opening of only 15 charters per year. For more, see here and here.