Charter Schools Work For Tennessee, Arkansas
Gestalt Community Schools started in 2008 with a small private grant and space in a Memphis church; in four years they have grown to 435 students with plans to expand up to 5,300 students. The Commercial-Appeal notes that Gestalt’s Power Center Academy was “the strongest performing middle school in the state” by former U.S. senator Bill Frist’s State Collaborative on Reforming Education. Memphis isn’t the only place where charter schools are improving students’ lives: the KIPP charter school in Helena, Arkansas was recently named the second-best school in the state by U.S. News and World Report. Arkansas has ten schools on the list of gold and silver schools, while Mississippi only had one.
Isn’t it time that Mississippi’s children had access to the same high-quality public charter schools as children in Arkansas and Tennessee?