Mississippi offers parents very little choice in education. The state does not have a private school choice program.
Public School Choice:
Mississippi allows for public school choice through its inter-district open enrollment policy.
Private School Choice:
In 2012, Mississippi passed the Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship Program. Under this program, students in grades 1-6 who are diagnosed with dyslexia can receive a voucher to attend a private school that can better serve the child's unique needs. In 2013, 42 scholarships were provided to students. Also in 2013, an additional scholarship program was created to provide vouchers to students with speech disabilities.
The Center for Education Reform reports that Mississippi’s charter school law is one of the weakest in the country. No charter schools are currently in operation. The New Start School Program and Conversion Charter School Act is the state's current charter school law. Under this Act, parents can request that their child's school be converted into a charter if the school has been failing for three straight years. If 50% of the parents agree to this change, then they can ask the Mississippi State Board of Education to allow their public school to be converted to a charter school. However, there have not been any new charter schools opened in the state yet.
Mississippi has limited online options for its students. While Mississippi operates a state-led online program through the Mississippi Virtual Public School (MVPS), there are no virtual charter schools and few district-led programs. The state online school, the Mississippi Virtual Public School (MVPS), provides supplemental courses to students in grades 9-12 throughout the state. MVPS had nearly 3,200 course enrollments during the 2012-2013 school year. According to Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning, however, enrollment in the MVPS is determined by district policy.
<a href="http://www.schooldatadirect.org/app/location/q/stid=25/llid=111/stllid=225/locid=25/stype=/catid=-1/secid=-1/compid=-1/site=pes">Click here for detailed information</a> on Mississippi's public school system and see below for school choice contacts and a history of school choice legislation in Mississippi.