Common Ground for Common Core

Mississippi First and interns from Mississippi State University, Millsaps, Tougaloo, and the University of Mississippi will be hosting “Common Ground for Common Core,” an event that will inform the public about the importance of higher standards for our students. The event will be held at…

MSF Continues to #ChooseExcellence: A Response to the Governor

On June 20, Governor Phil Bryant made news with a reversal of position on the Common Core State Standards. Calling the standards “a failed program,” Governor Bryant expressed dissatisfaction with the standards and indicated that he thought Mississippi might follow in the footsteps of other…

MSF Monthly Update

To view the MSF Update in its original format click here. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NOTES Quick update of MSF over the past month Wow! This year seems to be flying by at the Mississippi First office. In May, we continued our work in making Mississippi first…

Common Core Helps Students Reach for Excellence

Mississippi public schools are not preparing students for success in college and beyond, and the problem is more extensive than we think. I graduated in 2011 as a high-performing student at a high-performing public school. Nonetheless, I didn’t learn to separate blocks of text into…

Charter Schools: A Choice to Integrate?

As we mark the sixtieth anniversary of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court ruling which declared separate public schools for white and black children inherently unequal, we confront the reality of public schools that are still single-race in too many communities…

MSF Monthly Update

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MSF Releases New Charter School Resources

This week, Mississippi First released additional charter school resources. What is a charter school? This short 2 minute video explains what a charter school is. What is the difference between a charter school and a traditional public school? This short 2 minute video explains the…