JACKSON - Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves recently appointed three individuals to the newly created Public Charter Schools Authorizing Board. The board will monitor the creation and management of public charter schools in Mississippi.

Reeves appointed Ridgeland attorney Tommie Cardin, Ocean Springs Superintendent Bonita Coleman-Potter and Oxford businesswoman Karen Elam to the board. The appointees will be presented for confirmation by the Mississippi Senate in the 2014 legislative session.

"I appreciate the commitment of Mr. Cardin, Dr. Coleman-Potter and Dr. Elam to contribute their time and expertise to creating a strong public charter school program," Reeves said.

"Every child in Mississippi deserves an opportunity for a better education, and public charter schools allow parents to have school choice for their children."

House Bill 369, passed in the 2013 legislative session, allows public charter schools to open in school districts rated "D" and "F." The schools can open in districts rated "A," "B," or "C" unless the local school board blocks parents' requests for public charter schools.

Public charter schools are subject to the same federal and state regulations as traditional schools. Mississippi is one of 43 states to allow public charter schools to operate, giving parents a choice in their children's education.

The new members will join appointees by Gov. Phil Bryant, which include Johnny Franklin, Chris Wilson and Krystal Cormack. State Superintendent Lynn House also serves on the board.