School will be different this fall for every Mississippi child. To help districts and parents stay informed, we created a new page on our website. Re-Opening Plan Tracker We have compiled a Google Sheet that provides school plans, social media accounts, and website information for every school district in Mississippi. Know re-opening plans vary widely…Read More →
Who We Are
Mississippi First is the state's foremost education policy nonprofit working to improve pre-K-12 public education.
What We Support
We are a leading voice for state-funded pre-K, high-quality public charter schools, strong and sensible standards and accountability policies, high-quality curriculum, and great teachers and leaders.
As experts in our field, we share our knowledge and insights with policymakers and the public through publications, presentations, and briefings.
We encourage you to follow us on social media and join our e-mail list to remain updated.
Why Do We Need to Improve Education?
Today’s students not only must measure up to their hometown peers; they must also compete against students across the state, the country, and the world. Since 2008, we have been leading a charge to make Mississippi first in education nationally, and we are finally seeing signs of success in the national data.See Our Impact
At Mississippi First, we often get calls or requests from students doing research, interested members of the public, and other advocates seeking to learn more about pre-K-12 public education in Mississippi by interviewing us in person or on the phone about what we do, what we believe, or what we think about an idea the…Read More →
This op-ed originally appeared in the Clarion-Ledger on April 26, 2020. Life never seems to follow a straight line. Six months ago, the Mississippi economy was moving along and all signs pointed to new — read, unallocated — money in the budget for the 2020 legislative session. At last, Mississippi would have money for all…Read More →