Clarksdale Charter School Approved To Open In 2018

CLARKSDALE, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board has unanimously approved Clarksdale Collegiate Public Charter School to open in the fall of 2018. The school would start with grades K-2, growing to 675 students in grades K-8 by 2028. It’s the first charter school approved outside of the Jackson area. Its leader Amanda Johnson was founding principal of a charter school in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas but there is heavy opposition from community figures who say Clarksdale is too small for a charter school to compete with existing public schools. Yesterday the board also rejected applications for charter schools in Canton and Drew.



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