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…

New Charter School Resources

Mississippi First is committed to producing and providing documents and resources that will help to raise public awareness around key education reform issues in Mississippi. Most recently, Mississippi First has been working on creating a variety of resources specific to charter schools in the state….

The Past Month at MSF

The 2014 Legislative session kicked off on January 7th. Similar to last session, this year’s legislative session has a strong focus on a variety of issues in education. Lawmakers will consider legislation designed to tweak the processes for implementing the Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act…

PEER Releases Report on CCSS

Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER) releases report on Common Core On January 15, the Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER) released a 94-page report titled “The Common Core State Standards: Mississippi’s Adoption and Implementation.” The report…

Another BIG Month for MSF!

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S NOTES: Quick update of MSF over the past month We hope you had a great holiday. December was another great month for MSF; we are now a team of 5! We completed and sent out our first annual report that highlighted our 5-year…

Mississippi Board of Education awards Early Learning Collaborative Funding

On December 20, the Mississippi Board of Education awarded competitive Early Learning Collaborative funding to 11 collaboratives for a total of $8,437,825.40 over the next 3 years. The purpose of the Early Learning Collaborative awards is to support and facilitate the implementation of voluntary prekindergarten…

On behalf of the Mississippi Charter Schools Association, Mississippi First subgrants $25,500 to the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board

We’ve gotten a few questions about recent reports that we gave $25,500 to the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board. Please see below for a press release about the subgrant and its purposes. ### PRESS RELEASE Mississippi First MacKenzie Stroh Director of Communications mackenzie@mississippifirst.org 662.743.4055 On…

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Mississippi First enrolled as a charitable organization with AmazonSmile. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Mississippi First. In order to support Mississippi First, start your shopping at smile.amazon.com today! Mississippi First Inc

Mississippi First responds to Gov. Phil Bryant’s Executive Order from December 16

Gov. Bryant’s Executive Order responds to the concerns some Mississippians have regarding the Common Core State Standards by reiterating the long-standing role of the state and local districts in our public education system. Our state department of education, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), sets academic standards…