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Louisiana educator hired as 1st director of Charter School Authorizer Board in Mississippi

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JACKSON, Mississippi — An employee who leads charter schools in Louisiana has been hired as executive director of the new Charter School Authorizer Board in Mississippi.

Officials said Tuesday that Marian Schutte (SHED-dy), of New Orleans, will begin her $95,000-a-year Mississippi job on Nov. 3.

The seven-member Mississippi board is preparing to make decisions in December on a second round of applications to create charter schools.

Charters are public schools run by private groups that agree to meet certain standards in exchange for less regulation.

Schutte is leaving her job as policy and planning director for the office within the Louisiana Department of Education that oversees more than 90 charter schools. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Tulane University and a master's degree in public policy from Vanderbilt University.

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