The press release was originally published by the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board. JACKSON, MS–In 2017, the Mississippi Charter School Authorization Board (MCSAB) was awarded a federal Charter Schools Program grant, which requires the MCSAB to conduct an annual parent survey. For the past two years, MCSAB has contracted with Mississippi First to complete the…Read More →
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ANNOUNCEMENT: The Governor has announced how the Governor’s Emergency Education Response (GEER) Fund program will be allocated. The Governor has chosen to divide allocated GEER Funds into two funding categories in order to quickly and efficiently target funds to the state’s most pressing emergency needs. The Governor received $34,662,872. The first category of funds –…Read More →
The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), in partnership with Mississippi First, has launched a new website for Mississippi teachers to increase teacher access to high-quality instructional materials. The site, Mississippi Instructional Materials Matter, offers a centralized location for Mississippi math and social studies teachers to review high-quality, standards-aligned materials that have been evaluated and adopted…Read More →