Teachers Support the Standards

Mississippi First is dedicated to raising public awareness of the importance of the Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards (MCCRS), dispelling common myths about the standards, and advocating for high-quality implementation of the standards. Through this work, we recognized the need for educators to be engaged…

MSF Receives $3M Grant for Focus4Teens

  Mississippi First Receives $3M Grant for Focused Pregnancy Prevention for Mississippi Teens Program Jackson, MS—Mississippi First 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….

MDE: Majority of Participants Support MCCRS

Via the Mississippi Department of Education. NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: September 17, 2015  Majority of Participants Support Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards Suggested Changes Focused on Kindergarten, Algebra I Standards JACKSON, Miss. – More than 90 percent of the participants in the Mississippi College and…

Educator Leadership Council Standards Feedback

Mississippi First recognized the need for educators to be engaged in education policy and have a greater voice in the standards/testing debate and in education policy decisions in general. This summer, MSF created the Educator Leadership Council to fulfill this need. We have convened experienced and…

Who is that on John Oliver? Mississippi First!

Yet again, Mississippi First was recognized for our sex education work on a national stage! On August 9, Mississippi First and Sanford Johnson, our Deputy Director of Advocacy, were featured in a segment about sex education in America on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver….

Use of Mississippi First name as Congressional Campaign Slogan

It has come to our attention that a candidate for Congress in Mississippi’s first congressional district is using the name “Mississippi First” as part of his campaign. Mississippi First is a non-partisan, non-profit that champions transformative policy solutions ensuring educational excellence for every Mississippi child. We abide by…

Governor Bryant Vetoes SB 2161

Yesterday, Governor Bryant vetoed Senate Bill 2161. To learn more about SB 2161, read our most recent blog post, “Senate Bill 2161: What does it mean for educational standards in Mississippi?” By the Governor vetoing the bill, the Commission will not be created, and the…

MSF Releases Additional Analyses about Pre-K in Mississippi

On February 23, Mississippi First released a ground-breaking report titled, The State of Public Pre-Kindergarten in Mississippi (2011-2012). This was the first Mississippi report to attempt to quantify publicly funded pre-K access in every Mississippi community. In partnership with this report, Mississippi First released two…