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Board advances two charter school applications for final consideration

booksCOLUMBUS and JACKSON — Mississippi’s Charter School Authorizer Board has moved two groups that want to open schools ahead to the final stage of consideration.

Inspire Charter Schools, which was a finalist in the first round of applications earlier this year, is seeking to open a school serving 360 students in grades K-6 in Columbus. Midtown Partners is seeking to open a school serving 208 students in grades 5-8 in Jackson.

Applicants submitted letters of intent for 17 schools and six applications were received. The board eliminated four applications this month, judging those groups were not adequately prepared.

The board plans to vote on approvals in December. Earlier this year the board approved Mississippi’s first charter school. Reimagine Prep in Jackson, serving grades 5-8, plans a fall 2015 opening.

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