Editor’s Note: This blog post is part of an ongoing series of posts dedicated to K-12 education policy in Mississippi. *** By Grace Breazeale I K-12 Policy Associate Mississippi experienced a steep decline in public school enrollment during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many schools have yet to experience the full consequences. Since enrollment is directly tied…Read More →
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Celebrating Transformative Pre-K
In 2013, the Legislature enacted the Early Learning Collaborative Act, which established Mississippi’s first state-funded pre-K program. Through this program, local community partnerships known as early learning collaboratives (ELCs) offer a high-quality, low- or no-cost pre-K option to families.Celebrate 10 Years of ELCs with Us
2023 Legislative Tracker
During the legislative session, we publish a bill tracker to update you on the education bills we are following. See what we are tracking in 2023.Follow 2023 Legislation
Keys to the Classroom
Keys to the Classroom is an initiative to help educators prepare for the Praxis and provides unlimited access to Study.com’s proven PRAXIS test prep materials for a full year, including Praxis Core, Praxis PLT, and Praxis II Subject Assessments areas. Qualified teachers across the state can now apply to be apart of this program.Learn More
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An Accumulation of Grievances
Editor’s Note: This blog post is a part of a new ongoing series of posts dedicated to K-12 education policy in Mississippi. *** By Grace Breazeale I K-12 Policy Associate Teacher compensation has rightfully taken center stage in the effort to address the teacher shortage crisis in Mississippi. Still, there remains a host of additional challenges…Read More →
Navigating a Winding Path: Earning an Early Childhood Credential
Editor’s Note: This post is one in an ongoing series of posts dedicated to early education policy in Mississippi. *** By Micayla Tatum I Director of Early Childhood Policy The educator pipeline crisis, which Mississippi First has researched extensively, also affects childcare centers, Head Start, and public school pre-K programs. In short, finding early childhood teachers is as…Read More →