Nine charter school operators say they’re interested in opening new schools in Mississippi, although none of them currently run a charter school anywhere.
Charter schools are operated by private, nonprofit groups using public money. Mississippi allows such schools to open without permission from the local school board in districts that have an academic rating of “D” or “F.”
The state’s Charter School Authorizer Board announced Friday that two of the schools are proposed for the Jackson school district. Others are proposed for Canton, Clarksdale, Columbus, Drew, Durant, Greenwood and Magnolia.
Mississippi’s process has heavily favored experienced operators in the past. Startup groups have had trouble proving they have the money and institutional heft to run a school that meets Mississippi’s standards.
All groups must submit full applications by May 9 containing educational, financial and operational plans. Some are likely to drop out along the way or be cut later for incomplete plans. The board is scheduled to vote on proposals Sept. 11, after reviewing applications.