Vicksburg National Military Park joins fitness campaign

By the Associated Press Printed in the Clarion-Ledger–November 30, 2010 Officials are encouraging people to walk or jog through the rolling hills of the Vicksburg National Military Park to get in shape. The Vicksburg Post reports that the park is participating in the initiative organized…

In Search of a Solution to Teen Pregnancy

By Melissa M. Scallan The Sun Herald–November 27, 2010 Gulfport, Miss.–Charleena Rogers got pregnant in May 2009 but didn’t tell anyone until she visited her mother in California at Christmas that year, and her mother figured it out. She had no prenatal care for the…

MS Board of Education Meeting

The Mississippi Board of Education met in Oxford on October 21, 2010.  Many different issues were discussed, the bulk of which consisted of small language changes in different policies and also some new contracts and grants.  However, there were some interesting discussions regarding graduation requirements,…

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…