MCSAB: Hiring a Grants Coordinator

From the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board website, posted on 11/9/2017. To see the original post, click here. ​The Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board seeks a self-motivated professional with excellent problem solving and communication skills to be its Grants Coordinator. A successful candidate will have the…

$15M to Expand High-Quality Public Charter Schools in Mississippi

Today, the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board received a $15M grant from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) through the Expanding Opportunities Through Quality Charter Schools Program Grants to State Entities (CSP State Entities program). ED selected 9 state entities out of 22 state applicants…

MDE Approves 4 Additional Early Learning Collaboratives

NEWS RELEASE from the Mississippi Department of Education For Immediate Release: November 10, 2016 State Board Approves Four Additional Early Learning Collaboratives Preschool Programs JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi State Board of Education voted today to add four new early learning collaboratives (ELC) to the…

Parents Show Support for Charter Schools

Jackson, MS–Yesterday, over 45 parents, teachers, and administrators from RePublic Charter Schools and Midtown Charter School rallied in front of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) office building showing their support for charter schools in Mississippi. “We want choice! We want choice! We want choice!”…

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…

Mississippi Teachers host Teacher Talk at the State Capitol

At the end of November, three members of the Educator Leadership Council (ELC) hosted the first-ever Teacher Talk at the State Capitol with legislators and the Mississippi Department of Education. The discussion was dedicated to reviewing feedback from a culmination of house meetings, focus groups,…

PEER PreK Report Fails to Meet National Standards for Research

Background On December 10, the PEER Committee released a report titled “The Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013: Evaluation of the Operations and Effectiveness of the Program” about Mississippi’s new state-funded preK collaboratives. This report purported to evaluate several aspects of the implementation of the…