Sanford Johnson (Deputy Director), Rachel Canter (Executive Director), MacKenzie Stroh (Director of Communications)

On September 18, 2013, the PIE Network honored Mississippi First with its 2013 “Game Changer of the Year” award for their work in passing new charter school and preK legislation in Mississippi. The PIE Network, which stands for Policy Innovators in Education, is a group of organizations dedicated to education reform across the country. The “Game Changer of the Year” award is given to a PIE member organization that has had great success at the policy level during the past year; members of the PIE Network, its national policy partners, and other influential education reformers select the winner. Mississippi First has been a member of the PIE Network since 2009.

“It is a great honor to receive this award from our peers across the nation. Mississippi First has worked hard to create positive change in education reform in Mississippi, and this past year was a huge success for us,” stated Rachel Canter, Executive Director. “We dedicate this award to the children of Mississippi who will benefit from better opportunities in education.”

The PIE Network supports and promotes a network of education advocacy organizations working to improve K-12 education in their states so that every students graduates world- ready. The network connects and supports 45 member groups in 28 states and the District of Columbia. PIE also boasts of five national policy partners recognized as leaders in the field of education policy. Collectively, PIE members regularly represent hundreds of thousands of voters who care about education.