Elementary and secondary schools founded by and based at churches are a growing trend, nationwide and here locally.
For that reason, the Mississippi Rural Education Association is trying to help those schools properly educate children. A seminar is at MSU Meridian aimed at helping those who want to start church-based schools get on track.
"There are some things that are important and peculiar to education they need to be familiar with, not just ‘let's have a good heart.’ They can run into a lot of serious problems without proper staff development," said Ingrid Smith of the Mississippi Rural Education Association.
Smith says church-based schools can help to reach a segment of the population that is currently not being reached in Mississippi, a state with a 40 percent dropout rate.