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…

MCSAB looking to hire an Executive Director

From our friends at the Mississippi Charter Schools Association: The Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board is an independent, state agency with exclusive chartering jurisdiction in the State of Mississippi. The mission of the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board is to authorize high quality public charter…

MSF Hosts Pre-K Event

Mississippi First, along with the Committee for Economic Development, hosted “Incentives for Investing in Pre-K” on Friday, March 21, 2014 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, at the University of Southern Mississippi. The program educated the public on the importance of quality pre-K education in Mississippi, outlined the economic benefits…

New Charter School Resources

Mississippi First is committed to producing and providing documents and resources that will help to raise public awareness around key education reform issues in Mississippi. Most recently, Mississippi First has been working on creating a variety of resources specific to charter schools in the state….

CHART: Parent Meetings

As the implementation process continues, several CHART school districts have held meetings where parents can learn more about the sex education curricula that will be taught in their middle and high schools this year. The parents in attendance have been able to review the curricula…

CHART: We’ve Met Our Goal!

The Coahoma Community College Board of Trustees voted last night to adopt the CHART policy for the Coahoma Agricultural High School.  “Aggie”, our 30th CHART district, joins the two other school districts in Coahoma County (P1) in adopting the abstinence-plus policy. This adoption announcement also…