Groups say they’re interested in opening as many as 30 charter schools in Mississippi.

Charter School Authorizer Board Chairman Tommie Cardin said he received letters of intent for as many as 28 schools by the 5 p.m. Wednesday deadline. A Columbus group said it also applied for two more schools, and Cardin said he expects to accept applications that may have been delivered to an alternate address.

Eight groups say they want to open a school in the city of Jackson, but interest spans 18 districts from Moss Point to Marshall County. Some groups seek to open schools in more than one district, and each school is a separate application.

The board can approve only 15 schools per year, and the number of applications surprised some observers.

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