Charter board votes down new schools in Jackson

No new charters schools were approved by Mississippi’s Charter School Authorizer Board this year.

The board voted 4-2 on Monday to deny an application from Ohio-based I Can Schools that sought to open three elementary schools in Jackson. The board cited concerns over test performance in the operator’s established schools in two other states.

An independent evaluator recommended the board reject I Can Schools’ application ht to establish Mississippi Preparatory, which would have consisted of three kindergarten through eighth-grade charter schools in Jackson, with the first to open in2017, followed by one each in 2018 and 2019.

Clarion Ledger