Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tax-funded and tuition-free. In Mississippi, they are open to all students residing in the school district where the school is located or in nearby C, D, or F-rated school districts. Charter schools are typically opened by community members, teachers, groups of parents, or charter management organizations after undergoing an application and approval process.
They are overseen by independent boards and have freedom from some traditional public school regulations. They often have a special curriculum or focus.