Charter School to Open in the Mississippi Delta

Today, the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board approved the fifth public charter school for the state: Clarksdale Collegiate Public Charter School. The school is set to open in the fall of 2018 in Clarksdale, Miss., and at full enrollment will serve students in grades K-8….

Understanding the Re-Setting of Cut Scores in Mississippi’s Accountability System, PART 2

This blog post is Part 2. Read Part 1 here: http://www.mississippifirst.org/blog/understanding-re-setting-cut-scores-mississippis-accountability-system-part-1/. Setting Cut Scores The process of setting cut scores is in part technical and in part political. First, staff at the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) compile all the scores from schools and districts and…

MCSAB Looking for Deputy Director

The Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board (MCSAB) is looking for a Deputy Director. MCSAB is the state’s sole charter school authorizer. It is dedicated to increasing access to excellent public schools by authorizing high-quality charter schools, particularly schools designed to expand opportunities for underserved students….

MYCouncil Application 2017

The 2017-2018 MYCouncil application process closed on June 1, 2017. We are no longer accepting applications. The Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil) is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil). MYCouncil is made up of 10 youth from across Mississippi that support and promote…

Mississippi First Releases Video to Explain the 27% Rule

EdBuild recommended eliminating the 27% rule as part of the funding re-write. Do you know what the 27% rule is, and who it benefits? You may be surprised. Watch this video to learn. [Editor’s note: This video looks at how the 27% rule affects school…

Mississippi First Releases Second State of Pre-K Report

Today, Mississippi First released the second report in its ground-breaking series, The State of Pre-K in Mississippi, which focuses on pre-K access and quality in Mississippi. The report released today—The State of Pre-K in Mississippi (2014-2015)—updates our 2011-2012 report on public pre-K and expands it…