Message from Leadership

The 2018-2019 year marked the beginning of a new decade at Mississippi First. We celebrated our tenth anniversary with friends and supporters at the Mississippi State Capitol and spun off Teen Health Mississippi on January 1, 2019. We also toasted Sanford Johnson, my Mississippi First co-founder, and Angela Bass, our Director of Policy, for their great contributions before they transitioned to new roles outside of Mississippi First. Sanford is continuing to work as an education advocate while Angela has started a new early childhood-focused nonprofit that we hope to work closely with going forward!

In the pages that follow, we describe our major successes of the last year in each of our main issue areas: pre-K; charter schools; standards and testing; and educator pipeline research. A few major highlights include developing a pre-K briefing book for statewide candidates and receiving a positive outcome in the Mississippi charter school lawsuit. We are also extremely pleased to report that Mississippi continues to climb in the national rankings, finally reaching the national average for reading in math in fourth grade. At last, we can say not only that Mississippi has improved faster than the rest of the nation but that we’ve sustained this faster improvement over multiple years!

With each passing year—and each new sign of success—our passion for increasing outcomes for Mississippi students grows. We hope that you will consider supporting our work through a donation of any size. As a nonprofit, we rely on your support. We are ever grateful to our donors and supporters and are careful shepherds of your generosity. We want to extend a special thank you to each of our friends and partners who has contributed this year and in years past.

As always, we encourage you to follow us on social media and join our e-mail list, if you have not already, to remain updated. Enjoy our 2018-2019 annual report!

View to 2019 Annual Report

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