Senate Bill 2508 The Senate Education Committee will vote later today on whether or not to extend the Mississippi Critical Teacher Shortage Act of 1998, which was originally set to expire later this year. The Act establishes a series of initiatives to incentivize teachers to teach in geographical areas of the state with a critical…Read More →
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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
Today, the Senate Education Committee will vote on a bill designed to expand access to teacher education programs at Mississippi’s four-year colleges and universities. The bill would effectively waive the standardized test score requirements to enter all traditional and most alternate route teacher preparation programs for applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Requirements…Read More →
Recently, Rachel was interviewed by Jennifer Schiess from Bellwether Education Partners. The interview was published on the Bellwether Education Partners’ blog Ahead of the Heard. During the interview, Rachel talked about the recent increase in NAEP scores and what they mean for Mississippi. She also discussed what Mississippi First has been focused on over the…Read More →