The state Board of Education has approved three charter schools proposed by school districts.
The board heard no opposition to the creation of the conversion charter schools in the Cross County, Lincoln Consolidated and Osceola school districts.
Superintendents of the districts said the charter schools would offer project-based learning, and that their applications included waivers from certain state school standards which would allow innovation.
Cross County Elementary Technology Academy will serve students in kindergarten through sixth grade, with an enrollment cap of 500 students.
In the Lincoln Consolidated School District in Washington County, Lincoln High School: New Tech will serve up to 850 students in grades eight through 11.
In the Osceola district in Mississippi County, Osceola STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) will serve up to 450 students in grades 5-8.