• We must discover better ways to solve our most desperate problems, or we will never reach our goal of leading the nation in education.

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  • Rachel Canter and Sanford Johnson met riding the school bus in elementary school over 20 years ago.

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Leaders in Policy. Excellence in Education.

Why Do We Need Reform?

Teen pregnancy in Mississippi costs taxpayers $155 million per year. That’s enough money to provide high-quality pre-K to 97% of Mississippi’s 4-year-olds.

Mississippi students rank among the last in the nation; this is true when comparing Mississippi’s poor students to other poor students as well as its non-poor students to other non-poor students.

Education Policy

We believe education reform is the most pressing public problem facing Mississippians. Over the years, Mississippi First has made great strides in education reform in Mississippi and will continue to for years to come.

Teen Health Mississippi

Our teen health work has now expanded beyond the Mississippi First mission, our Teen Health Mississippi team will be working hard over the next to found a new teen health organization in Mississippi.

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