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Mississippi Expands Access to Public Charter Schools



Last week, Governor Phil Bryant signed SB 2161 to expand the Mississippi Charter Schools Act of 2013 and give more students the ability to attend a charter school.

Expanding access to public charter schools can bring life-changing opportunities for Mississippi’s students. ExcelinEd believes all parents deserve the freedom and flexibility to choose the right school or educational opportunity for their child. Public charter schools can provide tailored learning environments that help students succeed in academics and life.

Like traditional public schools, charters are open to all students, publicly funded by local, state and federal tax dollars based on enrollment and held accountable for meeting state academic standards.  Charters are approved, funded and overseen by a government-endorsed authorizing entity, just as traditional public schools are overseen by a school district.

We thank Governor Phil Bryant, Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, Senate Education Chairman Gray Tollison, Speaker Phillip Gunn, House Education Chairman John Moore, bill sponsor Representative Charles Busby and our partners Mississippi First, Empower Mississippi and Mississippi Charter Schools Association for their steadfast dedication to the children of Mississippi. We look forward to seeing the results of this new law as more Mississippi students gain access to a quality education.