Charter schools unlikely in Miss. for fall 2014

By Jeff Amy

Associated Press

JACKSON – It’s unlikely that students will attend charter schools in Mississippi in August 2014.

Members of the new charter school board say there’s not enough time to complete applications, approve them and set up schools by next fall.

In a meeting Monday, the Charter School Authorizer Board left open the possibility that some well-prepared applicants could be allowed to go ahead. But their applications might not be approved until early June, less than three months before the school year starts.

The board is also seeking to hire a consultant to help members review applications. The board is required by law to seek applications by Dec. 1.

The board has no state money, and it’s not clear how the board would pay a consultant. It’s soliciting donations, but hasn’t received any yet.

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  • Tony

    The law is set up screwy. The Authorizer Board gets paid a 3% fee from charter schools that are approved and receive funds based on enrollment — basically, the more charters and more students in charters, more fees collected. To exist, the Board HAS to approve charters and it has a financial incentive to approve as many as possible. Now, the Board has to solicit private donations to get started. All sorts of potential conflict of interests. This is what happens when lawmakers cookie cut ALEC laws.

  • charlie

    Nobody in the legislator paid any attention to the law, they just rubber stamped what Phil and Tate and Gunn told them to do: “vote for it.”. Keep in mind that Mississippi schools are the least funded of any state except maybe one other and if a “Charter School” gets one dime that is a dime that comes from a public school. Also, the appointed board by the aforementioned politicians keep 3 percent, another level of the bureaucracy that the repubs say is part of the problem. Of course when it is going to their appointees, it justified.