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…

MCSAB looking to hire an Executive Director

From our friends at the Mississippi Charter Schools Association: The Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board is an independent, state agency with exclusive chartering jurisdiction in the State of Mississippi. The mission of the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board is to authorize high quality public charter…

Staff Picks!

2014 has the makings of a great year for Mississippi First. Already, we have passed a milestone this year–more than doubling our original MSF staff. For 5 years, Sanford and I worked tirelessly to advocate the best public policy solutions in order to make a…

MSF Relaunches Organizational Website

On March 24, 2014, Mississippi First (MSF) relaunched www.mississippifirst.org. Mississippi First believes education reform is the most pressing public problem facing Mississippians. MSF is committed to producing and providing resources that help raise public awareness around key education reform issues in Mississippi. Their new website…

MSF Hosts Pre-K Event

Mississippi First, along with the Committee for Economic Development, hosted “Incentives for Investing in Pre-K” on Friday, March 21, 2014 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, at the University of Southern Mississippi. The program educated the public on the importance of quality pre-K education in Mississippi, outlined the economic benefits…

MSF’s Position on HB 504

Mississippi First releases Position Paper on HB 504 JACKSON, MS—On March 24, 2014, Mississippi First released an official position paper on House Bill 504.  The paper provides background on teacher pay in Mississippi, details both the House and Senate plans for teacher pay raises, and…