MDE Approves 4 Additional Early Learning Collaboratives

NEWS RELEASE from the Mississippi Department of Education For Immediate Release: November 10, 2016 State Board Approves Four Additional Early Learning Collaboratives Preschool Programs JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi State Board of Education voted today to add four new early learning collaboratives (ELC) to the…

Parents File Motion to Intervene in the Charter School Lawsuit

Jackson, MS–On August 10, 2016, the Mississippi Justice Institute, on behalf of three public charter school parents, filed a motion to intervene in the charter school lawsuit recently brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center. After filing the motion, the Mississippi Justice Institute held a…

Charter Schools Are Back in Session

Pencils are sharpened. Floors are waxed. Teachers are greeting new students. True signs that school is back in session. This year marks the second year that charter schools have been in operation in Mississippi. Now, there are three public charter schools serving scholars in Jackson,…

Parents Show Support for Charter Schools

Jackson, MS–Yesterday, over 45 parents, teachers, and administrators from RePublic Charter Schools and Midtown Charter School rallied in front of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) office building showing their support for charter schools in Mississippi. “We want choice! We want choice! We want choice!”…

Statement on SPLC Lawsuit

PRESS RELEASE Mississippi First Rachel Canter Executive Director rachel@mississippifirst.org 601.398.9008 Mississippi First Statement on the Southern Poverty Law Center Charter School Lawsuit Yesterday, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a lawsuit alleging that the Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act of 2013 is unconstitutional under…

SB 2161 Signed by Governor

Today, Governor Bryant signed SB 2161 into law. This bill requires charter schools meet or exceed graduation requirements set by the State Board of Education, makes teachers eligible for PERS if they work in a charter school, gives teachers 3 years to earn state certification as…

What School Choice Means to Mississippi First

Last week, several events were held across the country to celebrate School Choice Week, a week of events highlighting “effective educational options” for families. Mississippi First took part in a School Choice Week event, which featured speeches from elected officials, education groups, educators, and students….

Mississippi Teachers host Teacher Talk at the State Capitol

At the end of November, three members of the Educator Leadership Council (ELC) hosted the first-ever Teacher Talk at the State Capitol with legislators and the Mississippi Department of Education. The discussion was dedicated to reviewing feedback from a culmination of house meetings, focus groups,…