Mississippi First hosted over 60 college students on February 18 at their annual Capitol Day. Students were from the University of Mississippi, Tougaloo College, Millsaps College, and Jackson State University. Students had an opportunity to tour the capitol, view a house debate, learn more about higher standards in K-12 education, and meet legislators and Mississippi Department of Education staff.
“Capitol Day is a great way to introduce students to how education policy works. This year, they met a variety of stakeholders and voiced their support for higher standards for Mississippi students,” stated Angela Bass, Deputy Director of Policy at Mississippi First.
Mississippi First hosted a legislative luncheon where master educator Deia Sanders from Simpson County presented a second grade math lesson highlighting the importance of the new higher math standards. Glen East, superintendent of Gulfport Public School Districts, spoke about his school district’s success with the new Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards, which incorporate the Common Core State Standards.
“The Common Core State Standards require teachers to ask students why,” said Glenn East. “Anytime we ask students why, that is a good thing.”
The day ended with a visit to the Mississippi Department of Education where students met with Dr. Kim Benton and Nathan Oakley who spoke to the students about the department’s role in promoting high standards for Mississippi students.
Mississippi First is dedicated to advocating for the Common Core State Standards in Mississippi. In order for Mississippi students to be successful after graduation, students must be prepared for the next step every year they are in school. Mississippi First believes the Common Core State Standards are essential in making sure our students have access to the knowledge and skills required for the future.