Mississippi First Responds to Calls to Abandon Common Core

Mississippi First has been following the development of the Common Core State Standards since 2009. We advocated that the State Board of Education adopt Common Core in 2010 based on the knowledge that the standards were clearer, higher, and better than the abysmal standards Mississippi…

MSF releases Charter School Media Toolkit

This week, Mississippi First released a 22-page Charter School Media Toolkit. This toolkit was created by Mississippi First to help local media better understand charter schools in the state. The toolkit outlines the history of charter schools in Mississippi, information about the Mississippi Charter School…

Common Ground for Common Core

Mississippi First and interns from Mississippi State University, Millsaps, Tougaloo, and the University of Mississippi will be hosting “Common Ground for Common Core,” an event that will inform the public about the importance of higher standards for our students. The event will be held at…

MSF Continues to #ChooseExcellence: A Response to the Governor

On June 20, Governor Phil Bryant made news with a reversal of position on the Common Core State Standards. Calling the standards “a failed program,” Governor Bryant expressed dissatisfaction with the standards and indicated that he thought Mississippi might follow in the footsteps of other…

Common Core Helps Students Reach for Excellence

Mississippi public schools are not preparing students for success in college and beyond, and the problem is more extensive than we think. I graduated in 2011 as a high-performing student at a high-performing public school. Nonetheless, I didn’t learn to separate blocks of text into…

Charter Schools: A Choice to Integrate?

As we mark the sixtieth anniversary of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court ruling which declared separate public schools for white and black children inherently unequal, we confront the reality of public schools that are still single-race in too many communities…

MSF Releases New Charter School Resources

This week, Mississippi First released additional charter school resources. What is a charter school? This short 2 minute video explains what a charter school is. What is the difference between a charter school and a traditional public school? This short 2 minute video explains the…