SB 2161 Signed by Governor

Today, Governor Bryant signed SB 2161 into law. This bill requires charter schools meet or exceed graduation requirements set by the State Board of Education, makes teachers eligible for PERS if they work in a charter school, gives teachers 3 years to earn state certification as…

What School Choice Means to Mississippi First

Last week, several events were held across the country to celebrate School Choice Week, a week of events highlighting “effective educational options” for families. Mississippi First took part in a School Choice Week event, which featured speeches from elected officials, education groups, educators, and students….

Governor Bryant Vetoes SB 2161

Yesterday, Governor Bryant vetoed Senate Bill 2161. To learn more about SB 2161, read our most recent blog post, “Senate Bill 2161: What does it mean for educational standards in Mississippi?” By the Governor vetoing the bill, the Commission will not be created, and the…

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…

MSF’s Position on HB 504

Mississippi First releases Position Paper on HB 504 JACKSON, MS—On March 24, 2014, Mississippi First released an official position paper on House Bill 504.  The paper provides background on teacher pay in Mississippi, details both the House and Senate plans for teacher pay raises, and…

TAKE ACTION: Advocate for Pre-K Bill

Senate Bill 2395, the “Early Learning Collaborative Fund”, now has a conference report outlining the final compromise for the bill. The legislation will now have to be approved by both chambers before it reaches the Governor’s desk.  In short, we’re only a few steps away…