Greenwood Charter School Bid Rejected by Authorizer Board

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GREENWOOD, MS (Ben Caxton) — A Greenwood groups plan for a new charter school in Leflore County has been rejected by the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board. The application by MS Delta Academies to open a school serving grades 6-8 in Leflore County was turned away based on concerns about its educational program and finances. Action the application was delayed last month to allow board members more time to examine MS Delta’s application after outside reviewers recommended it be rejected citing concern about the school’s curriculum which was to include a heavy focus on college test preparation and college counseling in middle school, as well as concerns about how the school would help students performing below grade level. Reviewers had also questioned whether MS Delta Academies could raise enough money to successfully run the school. Board members ultimately agreed and voted down the proposal, while approving two new charter schools for Jackson. MS Delta Academies says it may now be difficult to move forward with the plans as the state now ranks Leflore Public schools with a “C” grade – which gives the district veto power over any proposed local charter school applications. Mississippi now has four charter schools in Jackson and one in Clarksdale.

 


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