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….

Parents File Motion to Intervene in the Charter School Lawsuit

Jackson, MS–On August 10, 2016, the Mississippi Justice Institute, on behalf of three public charter school parents, filed a motion to intervene in the charter school lawsuit recently brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center. After filing the motion, the Mississippi Justice Institute held a…

Charter Schools Are Back in Session

Pencils are sharpened. Floors are waxed. Teachers are greeting new students. True signs that school is back in session. This year marks the second year that charter schools have been in operation in Mississippi. Now, there are three public charter schools serving scholars in Jackson,…

Statement on SPLC Lawsuit

PRESS RELEASE Mississippi First Rachel Canter Executive Director rachel@mississippifirst.org 601.398.9008 Mississippi First Statement on the Southern Poverty Law Center Charter School Lawsuit Yesterday, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a lawsuit alleging that the Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act of 2013 is unconstitutional under…

SB 2161 Signed by Governor

Today, Governor Bryant signed SB 2161 into law. This bill requires charter schools meet or exceed graduation requirements set by the State Board of Education, makes teachers eligible for PERS if they work in a charter school, gives teachers 3 years to earn state certification as…

Mississippi Board of Education awards Early Learning Collaborative Funding

On December 20, the Mississippi Board of Education awarded competitive Early Learning Collaborative funding to 11 collaboratives for a total of $8,437,825.40 over the next 3 years. The purpose of the Early Learning Collaborative awards is to support and facilitate the implementation of voluntary prekindergarten…

Mississippi First responds to Gov. Phil Bryant’s Executive Order from December 16

Gov. Bryant’s Executive Order responds to the concerns some Mississippians have regarding the Common Core State Standards by reiterating the long-standing role of the state and local districts in our public education system. Our state department of education, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), sets academic standards…

Q & A: Mississippi Scorecards

In order to learn more about the Mississippi Education Scorecards, that were released last week by The Center for Education Innovation, MSF talked with Babak Mostaghimi, Director of Community, Family, and School Engagement at The Center for Education Innovation, to learn more about what the Mississippi Education Scorecards are, how…