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…

MSF launches Choose Excellence

Today, Mississippi First launched Choose Excellence, a campaign dedicated to supporting the Common Core State Standards in Mississippi. Choose Excellence is part of CommonCoreMS, a new Mississippi First initiative which is dedicated to providing resources and information about implementing Common Core State Standards in Mississippi schools….

MSF Weighs in on Graduation Rate Controversy

Executive Director Rachel Canter has been in a spate of news stories about the State Board of Education’s 2012 decision to remove graduation rates from state accountability rankings this year.

MBJ: MSU Gets Major Award to Recruit, Retain Teachers

Posted from the Mississippi Business Journal (12/15/11)   STARKVILLE — A major U.S. Department of Education award to Mississippi State University’s College of Education will aid in recruiting and training new middle school teachers from some of the state’s poorest, most rural areas. The department’s…

Turning Around Low-Performing Schools

Turning around the nation’s 5,000 lowest-performing schools, Secretary Duncan has said, is “part of our overall strategy for dramatically reducing the drop-out rate, improving high school graduation rates and increasing the number of students who graduate prepared for success in college and the workplace.” The…