Western Line School District Adopts CHART!

On Thursday (12/8), the Western Line School Board officially adopted the CHART Abstinence-Plus policy.  The district is the 6th in the state to adopt the policy, and the first to adopt in Washington County (P1).  Washington County is one of 5 counties that hit each…

CHART Advocacy: Several School Board Presentations Set

Number of CHART Districts to Increase before Christmas In recent weeks, every school district in our Priority 1 counties have been contacted.  Administrators have received copies of the CHART Abstinence-Plus policy, along with copies of county teen health data and fact sheets (both can be…

PreK: MSF Issue Brief Coming Soon!

Brief Will Examine a Collaborative Pre-K Delivery Model   In the coming weeks, MSF will release the long-awaited Mississippi First pre-K issue brief, Leaving Last in Line: Making Pre-K a Reality in Mississippi.  The brief will address the pressing need for state-funded pre-Kindergarten in Mississippi,…

Election 2011: What’s Next?

Election Results May Affect Policy Goals Mississippi’s statewide elections have come and gone. When all the votes were counted, it became clear that some significant changes are coming to our state government. Lt. Governor Phil Bryant will become our next governor, having easily defeated Hattiesburg…

MSF in the News

Rachel and Sanford Discuss CHART and Pre-K In recent weeks, Rachel and Sanford have been featured in numerous newspaper and radio articles related two of our policy goals: school district adoption of the CHART abstinence-plus policy and statewide adoption of state-funded pre-Kindergarten.  These issues have…

Clarksdale Adopts CHART!

The Clarksdale Municipal School District has become the 5th school district to adopt the CHART Abstinence-Plus Policy.  CMSD is also the second district to adopt from Coahoma County, which is one of five counties that meets each of our five sexual health indicators. In the…

Coahoma County School District Adopts CHART

Add the Coahoma County School District to the list of districts that have adopted the CHART policy!  I actually received word of the districts decision this week, during a meeting where I was planning on convincing Supt. Pauline Rhodes to send the policy to the…

Meet the TFA-PALI Fellow

My name is Erika Berry and I am a 2011 Teach for America Policy and Advocacy Leadership Initiative (PALI) Fellow, and I have the wonderful privilege this summer of working with Mississippi First for my PALI fellowship.  The bulk of my work this summer is…

Meet the MSF Summer Intern

My name is Charles Woods (charles@mississippifirst.org) and I am a Trent Lott Institute of Public Policy intern for Mississippi First for this summer. I am a rising junior at the University of Mississippi seeking degrees in Public Policy Leadership, International Studies, and Spanish. This summer,…

Marshall County School District Adopts CHART!!

This week, the Marshall County School District became the 3rd school district to adopt the CHART abstinence-plus sex ed policy.  The district is joining the neighboring Benton County School District in adopting the policy.  Along with the Tunica County School District, these three districts will…