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Board advances two charter school applications for final consideration

COLUMBUS 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 ...

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Louisiana official chosen as charter school board director

JACKSON — An employee who leads charter schools in Louisiana has been hired as executive director of the new Charter School Authorizer Board in Mississippi. Officials said today that Marian Schutte (SHED-dy), of New Orleans, will begin her $95,000-a-year Mississippi job on Nov. 3. The seven-member Mississippi board is preparing to make decisions in December on a second round of ...

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More than half-dozen groups file charter school applications

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Seven eligible groups have submitted applications to open charter schools in Mississippi. Here’s a list of groups interested in opening schools, the school districts where they would open the schools, and the grades the schools would serve. Most schools would serve fewer grades in their first year: — Emerge Community STEAM Charter School: Tunica County, grades K-8. ...

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Charter school board votes to hire Louisiana woman as executive director

JACKSON — An official with Louisiana’s Recovery School District is likely to be the first executive director of Mississippi’s Charter School Authorizer Board. The board voted 5-0 yesterday to hire Marian Schutte, pending approval by the state Personnel Board. If that board approves, Schutte could start work by early November, in time to help the board reach decisions over the ...

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Board accepts first charter school application; negotiations beginning

JACKSON — Mississippi’s first charter school is closer to opening. The Charter School Authorizer Board voted today to accept the application of RePublic Charter Schools, which wants to open Reimagine Prep in Jackson, serving fifth grade through eighth grade. The board denied applications for charter schools in Columbus and Natchez. The board will now seek to negotiate a five-year contract ...

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Supporters turn out strongly for charter school hearings

JACKSON — So far, hearings on applications for Mississippi’s first charter schools are being dominated by supporters. Speakers in Jackson said yesterday that they support RePublic Charter Schools’ plan to open Reimagine Prep, serving grades 5-8. That followed a Tuesday hearing in Columbus where speakers backed the Inspire Charter School STEM and Arts Scholars Academy, which the Columbus Coalition for ...

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Charter school board schedules public meetings

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Three Mississippi communities will get their say on proposals to open charter schools. The Charter School Authorizer Board voted to set public hearings on May 20 in Columbus, May 21 in Jackson and May 22 in Natchez. It’s another step before the board decides whether it will approve what would be Mississippi’s first charter schools. The Columbus ...

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Board cuts charter school applications to three

JACKSON — The number of applicants to open Mississippi’s first charter school has been narrowed to three. The state’s Charter School Authorizer Board voted today to declare three applications eligible and complete to move forward. They are Reimagine Prep, which would operate grades 5-8 in Jackson; Phoenix Early College Charter School, which would operate grades 9-12 in the Natchez-Adams school ...

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Lawmakers recommend six members for charter school board

JACKSON — A Mississippi Senate panel is endorsing all six members of the state’s first charter school governing board. The Education Committee voted to recommend that the full Senate confirm the six. They have been serving since last summer, since three were nominated by the governor and three by the lieutenant governor. The 52-member Senate will consider the confirmations this ...

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