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Groups seek to open 17 charter schools in Mississippi

By JEFF AMY
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Groups are expressing interest in opening 17 charter schools in Mississippi.

The state's Charter School Authorizer Board on Monday accepted letters of intent from 16 potential school operators.

Existing charter school operator RePublic Schools proposes a high school for Jackson, while an existing private high school - Piney Woods Preparatory School - proposes to open a charter school serving grades 5-8 in Rankin County.

Five different schools are proposed for Jackson, while three are proposed for Greenwood and two are proposed for Amite County.

In Mississippi's multistep approval process, many fewer proposals typically reach the next steps. Some groups don't submit full applications, while other groups may submit applications deemed incomplete.

The board will decide which applications move forward June 4 and ultimately choose from among finalists in September.

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