MSF Launches New Pre-K Page

With a new pre-K law now in place, Mississippi First has updated its resource page to provide info about the implementation of our new state-funded program.

MSF Welcomes Camille and Tim!

Mississippi First is very happy to welcome two summer interns to our team.  Camille Cioffi and Tim Abram will be working in our Jackson office, and will be taking part in our efforts to increase access to high-quality pre-Kindergarten. Camille is an Oregon native and…

MSF Update – January 2013

January 2013 Update In This Issue Pre-Kindergarten Charter Schools Creating Healthy and Responsible Teens (CHART) Coming Soon Executive Director’s Note Mississippi First is on the verge of accomplishing what Deputy Director Sanford Johnson is calling a “public policy hat-trick,” to borrow a sports phrase used…

PreK Survey 100% Complete!

We’re excited to announce that 100% of our targeted 51 districts have now completed the Mississippi First Title I PreK Survey. We’re already busy cleaning, consolidating, and analyzing the data. Once we get the data in a useful format, we’re going to ask the districts…

Mississippi First named education power player by AP!

We are ecstatic to be one of the few voices singled out by the AP as an education power player. See the article here: http://www.sunherald.com/2013/01/06/4390240/analysis-education-will-dominate.html). The AP’s Emily Wagster Pettus writes of us: “Mississippi First, a nonprofit group, has been shoulder-deep in a wide variety…

Title I Pre-K Survey Update–88% there!

[UPDATED–January 7, 2013, at 3:43 PM] We’re very excited to report that over 88% of our 51 target school districts have already completed our Title I Pre-K Survey (read more about the survey in this post). Here’s the update of whom has started, finished, or been…

MSF Weighs in on Graduation Rate Controversy

Executive Director Rachel Canter has been in a spate of news stories about the State Board of Education’s 2012 decision to remove graduation rates from state accountability rankings this year.