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…

Tunica County School District Adopts CHART!

Tunica County, home of the state’s highest teen birth rate, is now the home of the second school district to adopt the CHART Policy! The Tunica County School Board voted unanimously on Wednesday (5/11) to adopt the “abstinence-plus” sex education policy, which includes abstinence education…

Benton County School District Adopts CHART!

The Benton County School District (Priority 1) is the first district in the state to adopt the Creating Healthy and Responsible Teens (CHART) Sex Education Policy. District Superintendent Patrick Washington informed me that the school board voted to adopt the policy this past Tuesday (5/10)….

Gubernatorial candidate Phil Bryant visits (Ole Miss) campus

(Rachel Willis, a member of the Ole Miss chapter of Mississippi First, was quoted in the article) By Molly Dyal  The Daily Mississippian–April 21, 2011 Lieutenant governor Phil Bryant spoke to students Wednesday night about the importance of young people’s participation in upcoming elections. “Get…

No Small Feat

[Rachel is interviewed in this new JFP article about Charter Schools in Mississippi.] By Ward Schaefer The Jackson Free Press–January 16, 2011 The students in John Bennetts’ second-grade class are being perfect sponges. Bennetts, a teacher at KIPP Delta Elementary Literacy Academy, a charter school…

Rachel Weighs in on Sex Education Policy

[Rachel is interviewed in this new JFP article about teen birth in Mississippi.] Kids Having Kids by Lacey McLaughlin Jackson Free Press–November 17, 2010 Ollie Jackson’s baby, Lauryn, sleepily rubs her eyes as she sits on her 19-year-old father’s lap during a football game at…

November Preview: MSF Welcomes Millsaps Intern

A senior Public Management major at Millsaps College, Victoria Romano joined the Mississippi First team in November as our first school-year intern.  Victoria is passionate about public education, particularly the role of single-sex education might play in promoting achievement.  While at Millsaps, she has been…

MSF @ Ole Miss

Over the past month, several students at Ole Miss have been getting together to discuss public policy and civic engagement.  Several months of outreach efforts resulted in an October 14th meeting of students that were interested in getting involved with MSF.  The first meeting was…

MSF on the Road

Rachel @ the Policy Innovators in Education (PIE) Conference in Nashville   Last month, Executive Director Rachel Hicks attended the PIE Conference in Nashville, TN.  PIE is MSF’s favorite conference to attend, not only because the panels are informative and engaging, but because the attendees…

Done Waiting: A Note from the Executive Director

After months of waiting (and more than one email to Paramount) to find out if and when the movie Waiting for Superman would come to Mississippi, the movie was here and gone in the blink of an eye.  For those of you who didn’t get…