Mississippi’s Charter School Authorizer Board voted unanimously Wednesday to approve two additional charter schools to open in Jackson next year.

Both will be located on the same campus and operated by RePublic Schools of Nashville, Tennessee. That organization last month opened Reimagine Prep in south Jackson, one of Mississippi’s first two charter schools.

RePublic plans next fall to open Joel E. Smilow Collegiate, which will eventually serve grades K-8, and Joel E. Smilow Prep, which will eventually serve grades 5-8. Ravi Gupta, RePublic’s founding director, said they will be named after the former chairman and CEO of Playtex Products, who has pledged $1 million in support.

The schools would be the third and fourth charter schools in Mississippi. The Midtown Public Charter School also opened in Jackson last month. Like Reimagine Prep, it plans to serve grades 5-8.

“The kids and families of Jackson need more and better options,” Gupta said.

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