Federal Funding for CHART

As we noted in our previous Update, Mississippi First worked with the Mississippi Department of Health (MDH) to submit the state’s abbreviated application for the Personal Responsibility and Education Program (PREP).  The fund, administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was created…

Turning Around Low-Performing Schools

Turning around the nation’s 5,000 lowest-performing schools, Secretary Duncan has said, is “part of our overall strategy for dramatically reducing the drop-out rate, improving high school graduation rates and increasing the number of students who graduate prepared for success in college and the workplace.” The…

Mississippi governor outlines budget recommendations

By Elizabeth Crisp The Clarion Ledger–November 15, 2010 Gov. Haley Barbour has proposed an average 8-percent reduction in state spending for the coming fiscal year. Outlining his fiscal 2012 executive budget recommendation in a news conference this afternoon, Barbour suggested level funding for the Mississippi…

Teacher Tenure in Mississippi

[Rachel explains how Mississippi law creates a shadow system of teacher tenure.] Teachers Fire Back at Film by Ward Schaefer Jackson Free Press–November 10, 2010 In “Waiting for ‘Superman,’” the provocative new documentary on America’s education system, the trick is that the titular superhero doesn’t…

In the News: Common Core Adoption Finalized

At the August meeting of the State Board of Education, Board members finalized the adoption process for the Common Core Standards in literacy and mathematics.  In June, the Board passed a temporary rule allowing the standards to be adopted.  This month’s action follows the thirty-day…

School Improvement Grants: About the Winners

As the list now stands (see below), every winner is either a failing school (4) and/or a school in a failing district (4), with the exception of Wingfield High School, which is labeled at-risk-of-failing.  There are 7 school districts represented, 3 of these are municipal…

School Improvement Grant Award Received But Mississippi List Revised

In July, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) announced the 8 winners of the School Improvement Grant competition at the State Board of Education Meeting.  As we reported last month, these 8 winning school proposals were each slated to receive three-year grants for their school…

Race to the Top Winners by the Numbers

The following is a list of facts about winners in Rounds I and II of Race to the Top (RTTT): 12 Number of winning states 7 Number of winning states that received Race to the Top technical assistance grants from the Gates Foundation technical assistance…