Mississippi First believes education reform is the most pressing public problem facing Mississippi.

Charter Schools

MSF works closely with the Charter School Authorizing Board and the Mississippi Charter Schools Association as Mississippi implements the Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act of 2013.


Mississippi First is an active advocate for preK in the state of Mississippi and has worked hard over the years to assist with passing legislation that supports early childhood education and  promotes state-funded preK.

Common Core

MSF believes successful schools begin with strong academic standards. MSF launched a Common Core campaign called Choose Excellence that builds support for the Mississippi Common Core State Standards.

School Turnaround

Mississippi First believes that nothing is more important than setting our children on a path for lifetime success. We believe this path to success requires providing all children with excellent schools.

Teen Health

In 2011, the Mississippi state legislature passed a sex education law mandating that schools adopt a sex education policy by June 30, 2012. Mississippi First advocates adoption of the CHART Model Policy, an “abstinence-plus” sex education policy that Mississippi First helped developed.

We provide a variety of resources in each of our expert areas including Mississippi First publications, news articles, external reports and resources, and legislation. Resources can be reviewed and downloaded at your convenience. Mississippi First works hard to make sure our content is updated frequently in order to provide the public with the most current information about education in Mississippi.