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, which is operating two middle schools in Jackson and has an elementary school scheduled to open in the fall, proposes a high school for Jackson. 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.