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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Two applications underway for local charter schools

Part one of a series

Primary contacts at the two entities with letters of intent to bring charter schools to Tunica County said their applications are on track to meet the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board’s (MCSAB) March 14 submission deadline.  While MCSAB Chairman Tommie Cardin said his organization looks forward to reviewing those applications, he urged Tunica County citizens to ask questions and get an understanding of how key components of proposed charter schools might work.

Cardin said review of applications to bring charter schools to Tunica County and other places in Mississippi will proceed at the MCSAB, despite any opposition to charter schools.

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Charter proposals draw mixed reviews

Though two letters of intent have been submitted to the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board, citizens of Tunica County say they are still not certain how charter schools will improve education in the county, where the public school district is failing and the only other option is small fee-based, private Christian school Tunica Academy.

Tunica County Schools Superintendent Steve Chandler admitted he has a long way to go to get Tunica County schools on track but said he believes his plan will work if he’s given the time needed to see it happen.

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Locals get a taste of government

Two Tunica students recently served as Pages for the Mississippi House of Representatives. Caliyah Harris (center left), the daughter of Tarika Harris, attends Tunica Middle School.

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Carlisle sees music success in the Delta

Choosing a career path took most of his life, Devin Carlisle admits.  But now that he has set his mind on becoming a professional music artist, doors are swinging open for the 21-year-old singer/songwriter, who is following the musical footsteps of his late grandfather, B.C. Carlisle of Tunica, MS.

“Most kids knew they wanted to do basketball, football, acting or politics… I didn’t really know what I wanted to do.  I wanted to know what I was passionate about, and I didn’t have that in high school or middle school,” Devin said.  “When I left for college and I was on my own, I was singing all the time.  I sang in front of strangers basically, and I got support from people.  They told me I would be good. It made me confident, and it made me know that this is what I want to do in life.”

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