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Bryant names three to charter school board


The Associated Press



JACKSON -- Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed three members to the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board, the board responsible for approving and overseeing public charter schools in Mississippi. 


Each of the governor's appointees represents a Mississippi Supreme Court District, and each appointee will serve a four-year term beginning Sept. 1. 


Johnny Franklin of Bolton will represent Supreme Court District 1, Chris Wilson of Laurel will represent District 2 and Krystal Cormack of Clarksdale will represent District 3. 


"We are raising the bar for all public schools, and that includes allowing families to choose the best possible education for their children. Charter schools will provide new opportunities in Mississippi, and the members of this authorizing board will play an important role in establishing successful public charter schools in our state. 


"These appointees bring a wealth of diverse experience to the table, and I am confident Mississippi will benefit from their expertise," Bryant said in a statement. 


Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves each get three appointments to the board, while the state superintendent of education gets one. The appointments require Senate confirmation. 


The board will seek proposals for charter schools by Dec. 1. Mississippi law enacted in 2012 expands authority to create charter schools -- public schools run by private groups that agree to meet certain standards in exchange for less regulation. 


The board can approve up to 15 qualified public charter school applications each fiscal year. Applications to locate a public charter school within the boundaries of a school district rated A, B or C by the Mississippi Department of Education must receive majority support from the local school board. The charter board is also responsible for overseeing charter school operations and deciding whether to renew or revoke charter contracts.




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