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,…

PEER PreK Report Fails to Meet National Standards for Research

Background On December 10, the PEER Committee released a report titled “The Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013: Evaluation of the Operations and Effectiveness of the Program” about Mississippi’s new state-funded preK collaboratives. This report purported to evaluate several aspects of the implementation of the…

MSF Announces Focus4Teens Counties

Mississippi First recently received a $3,072,999.75 5-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Reproductive Health for the Focused Pregnancy Prevention for Mississippi Teens (Focus4Teens) project. Focus4Teens will develop the capacity of health center partners through a comprehensive training and technical…