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…

Conservative Case for Common Core: WVBG Interview

Conservative Case for Common Core: David Boolos interviews Mike Petrilli about Common Core in MS On November 7, Michael Petrilli was interviewed on WVBG Jackson detailing the Conservative Case for Common Core. Mike is the Executive Vice President at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative…

MS becomes the next WISE State

Mississippi becomes the next WISE State for their work on CHART Mississippi First is proud to announce the state of Mississippi has been named as the next WISE (Working to Institutionalize Sex Education) state. The WISE Initiative was launched in 2009 as a way to…

Charter Schools: Authorizing Board Nominations Complete

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves has announced his three nominees for the Public Charter School Authorizing Board.  With these nominations, all seven seats on Mississippi’s lone charter school authorizer have been filled, pending Senate approval.  Other nominations were made by Governor Bryant (3 nominations) and State…

CHART: Marshall County Out, Calhoun County In

[Updated Post, 5/24/12] Recent news from two school districts has caused us to revise our list of CHART districts.  The Marshall County School District adopted CHART in the spring of 2011.  However, under the leadeship of a new superintendent that was elected this past fall,…

Early Learning Challenge: Mississippi’s Scores Available Online

Mississippi’s scores and comments from the Early Learning Challenge have been posted to the U.S. Department of Education’s website.  The department also released the rankings of scores, which provided pretty sobering news for the magnolia state.  Of the 37 applications reviewed for this competitive grant,…

Early Learning Challenge Winners Announced

Mississippi comes up short.   The U.S. Departments of Education and Health & Human Services have just announced the winners of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (ELC).  The grant competition was designed to support states that created high-quality plans to improve early…

MBJ: MSU Gets Major Award to Recruit, Retain Teachers

Posted from the Mississippi Business Journal (12/15/11)   STARKVILLE — A major U.S. Department of Education award to Mississippi State University’s College of Education will aid in recruiting and training new middle school teachers from some of the state’s poorest, most rural areas. The department’s…