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Board accepts plan for first Mississippi charter school

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's first charter school is closer to opening.

The Charter School Authorizer Board voted Monday to accept the application of RePublic Charter School to open Reimagine Prep in Jackson, serving grades 5-8. The board now seeks to negotiate a contract with RePublic. The operator, with two schools in Nashville, Tennessee, plans to open the Mississippi school in fall 2015. RePublic has raised $400,000 to support its Jackson plans.

The board denied an application from the Columbus Coalition for Educational Options, which proposed the Inspire Charter School STEM and Arts Scholars Academy, serving grades K-6 and 9-12. The board also denied the Phoenix Project Community Development Foundation, which proposed the Phoenix Early College Charter School in Natchez, serving grades 9-12.

State lawmakers expanded authority for charter schools in 2013.

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