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…

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…