The state’s Charter School Advisory Board voted Friday to approve an application by Midtown Partners, a Jackson community group that plans to open a middle school serving up to 220 students in grades 5-8. The board lauded the school’s plan to model operations on a successful charter school in Massachusetts.
The board Friday denied an application by Inspire Charter Schools in Columbus for a school serving 360 students in grades K-6. The Columbus group was a finalist but was denied for the second straight round of applications. The board found the school’s plan for curriculum, operations and finances all had flaws.
Earlier this year, the board approved Mississippi’s first charter school. Reimagine Prep in Jackson, serving grades 5-8, plans a fall 2015 opening.