Who are we?
The Mississippi Coalition for Public Charter Schools is a collaboration of organizations throughout the Magnolia State that support the growth of high-quality public charter schools in Mississippi. The Coalition includes Mississippi First, the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, the Black Alliance for Educational Options, Mississippi Association of Realtors, Better Education for Mississippi (BE4Miss), and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. The Coalition believes that high-quality public charter schools should be one piece in the overall education reform strategy to provide Mississippi students with an excellent education. Mississippi struggles consistently to rise up from the bottom on national educational achievement rankings, yet gives parents no other option when their current school fails to meet the needs of their children. Mississippi parents deserve the freedom and ability to place their children in public schools that best meet their academic needs.
What are public charter schools?
Charter schools are public schools that are free to be more innovative and are held accountable for improved student achievement. They have some unique traits, however, that increase the chances of a successful education for a child:
- Flexibility: Public charter schools are free to make timely decisions about developing curriculum, structuring the school day, and hiring teachers that meet the needs of their students.
- Accountability: Public charter schools operate within a multi-tiered accountability system – to parents, to authorizers via a performance-based contract, and to the state – that leads to quality schools and achievement.
- Choice: Parents select the public charter school their child attends. Teachers choose to work in public charter schools, most often for the professional satisfaction and the opportunity to shape school policy.
- Partnerships with Parents and Communities: Parents and community members are welcomed in public charter schools and involved in the day-to-day operation of them.
- Innovation: Charters’ flexibility to adapt to the educational needs of children often leads to innovative methods of teaching and of operating schools.
what students are served by public charter schools?
Public charter schools are answering parents’ increasing demand for high-quality public schools.
- 42 states and the District of Columbia have enacted public charter school laws. There are currently over 6,000 public charter schools open, serving approximately 2.3 million students, with over 610,000 students on waiting lists to attend public charter schools.
- Public charter schools disproportionately serve low-income and minority children – those most often failed by traditional public schools.
- Public charter schools have particular success with low-income and minority students. One of the most consistent research findings is that public charter schools that serve students of color or students from low-income families tend to outperform district schools serving similar populations. These high performers are setting important examples about what public schools can achieve.