Concern in Clarksdale over charter school

Prior to the approval of Clarksdale Collegiate, a group of Clarksdale area residents sent the state authorizer board a petition with more than 1,300 signatures opposing Clarksdale Collegiate, claiming it would “help to destroy our existing public schools in Coahoma County” by taking away funding from public schools. The petition also stated that the proposed charter school would “help to segregate students in Coahoma County, MS and create a dual education system inside of the existing public education system.”

In the 2016-17 school year, the Coahoma County School District was nearly 90 percent black and enrolled 1,495 students; Clarksdale Municipal School District was nearly 97 percent black and enrolled 2,675 students.

In August, Clarksdale Mayor Chuck Espy, Rep. Orlando Paden, D-Clarksdale, Sen. Derrick Simmons, D-Greenville, Sen. Robert Jackson, D-Marks, Rep. Cedric Burnett, D-Tunica, parent Jeffrey Gooden and the Coahoma County chapter of the NAACP each wrote a letter to the authorizer board asking it to reject Clarksdale Collegiate Prep’s charter school application.

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