A Great Start for Mississippi’s First Charter Schools

Governor Bryant paid a visit to ReImagine Prep, one of Mississippi’s first two public charter schools, the other day. Speaking with teachers and students, it was clear that this new educational option is going to lead to greater opportunities for all Mississippians.

At ReImagine Prep, these students will get a well-rounded and tough education, with an emphasis on coding and computer science. There are more than 1,200 unfilled computing jobs in Mississippi right now. This charter school, open to all in in the Jackson Public School District with no tuition, is preparing kids to fill these jobs and to succeed in a global, cyber-based economy.

Both new charter schools opened up in Jackson. ReImagine Prep currently serves 121 fifth graders in South Jackson, though it will eventually grow to cover 5th-8th grades. 100 percent of the student body is African American and most of the students qualify for free and reduced school lunch. About 10 percent are considered special needs, or have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

By expanding charter schools in this great state, we give more parents alternatives to failing schools. Charter schools are just part of Governor Bryant’s plan to reinvigorate Mississippi education. This year, he signed into law a $2.5 billion school funding bill. That’s more money than ever in our state’s history for Mississippi schools. He’s prioritized literacy and job training. And, he’s supporting teachers with a merit pay program to reward teaching excellence.

Gov. Phil Bryant Press Release
8/20/15