For school children across Mississippi, August marked the beginning of a new year of school work. For us here at Mississippi First, the school work has never stopped. In fact, the summer of 2010 has been the busiest summer for us yet. Since May, we have helped write three federal grant proposals, hosted an intern, made trips to colleges, launched a new initiative, began important analysis for the Mississippi Department of Education, moved forward with our new website’s development, and made plans to host a thesis student, among other things.

In this Update, you will find news about our work from August and major happenings in Mississippi education. These include developments in our Creating Healthy and Responsible Teens (CHART) Initiative, information about the national results of Round II of Race to the Top, plans for new Mississippi First analyses for the Mississippi Department of Education, and the results of our Member Interest survey.

Those of you who completed the Member Interest survey will begin to receive emails specifically tailored to your interests. If you didn’t have time to fill out the survey in August and would like to do it now, please email Sanford Johnson at for the link.

Have a great September.

Rachel Hicks
Executive Director
Rachel can be reached via email at

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