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…

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…