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…

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…

Mississippi First Responds to Calls to Abandon Common Core

Mississippi First has been following the development of the Common Core State Standards since 2009. We advocated that the State Board of Education adopt Common Core in 2010 based on the knowledge that the standards were clearer, higher, and better than the abysmal standards Mississippi…

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…

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…

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…

Conservative Case for Common Core: WVBG Interview

Conservative Case for Common Core: David Boolos interviews Mike Petrilli about Common Core in MS On November 7, Michael Petrilli was interviewed on WVBG Jackson detailing the Conservative Case for Common Core. Mike is the Executive Vice President at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative…

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