Miss. Charter School Advocates Form Association

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Groups that pushed the passage of Mississippi's new charter school law are forming an association to promote and nurture the schools.

The Mississippi Charter School Association's creation was announced Tuesday at a meeting to encourage people who might be interested in creating such schools to start organizing.

The law takes effect Monday. It expands authority to create charter schools — public schools run by private groups that agree to meet certain standards in exchange for less regulation.

Next up will be appointing a seven-member authorizing board to solicit and approve charter school applications. Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves each get three appointments, while the state superintendent of education gets one.

The board would begin operations Sept. 1 and seek proposals for schools by Dec. 1.

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