Mississippi First Awarded $19.3M Charter School Program Grant to Expand Public Charter Schools

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI: The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Mississippi First a $19.3 million, five-year Charter Schools Program grant to grow high-quality public charter schools in Mississippi. Charter schools are free, public, and open to all students in an eligible grade who reside in an eligible geography. The Charter Schools Program (CSP) is a competitive,…

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Mississippi First Awarded $19.3M Charter School Program Grant to Expand Public Charter Schools

A New Report Detailing the Educator Pipeline Crisis in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss.— Today, Mississippi First released their newest report titled Nothing in the Pipes: Educator Crisis in Mississippi. In recent years, a new problem in a decades-old challenge has emerged: the number of new Mississippi teachers has sharply declined, exacerbating the teacher shortage and threatening the success of public education in Mississippi. This new report…

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A New Report Detailing the Educator Pipeline Crisis in Mississippi

Mississippi First Officially Launches Raise the Rate

Jackson, MS—Today, Mississippi First officially launched the Raise the Rate campaign at the Capitol. During the 2020 legislative session, Mississippi First will be working with partners, collaboratives, and legislators to raise the pre-K funding rate from $4,300 to $5,000 per child for early learning collaborative students. Because the cost of the state-funded pre-K program is…

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Mississippi First Officially Launches Raise the Rate

Mississippi First Releases New Report on District and State Testing

Jackson, MS—Today, Mississippi First released Understanding District and State Testing in Mississippi. This report uses field research on testing practices in four diverse Mississippi school districts to determine how many tests Mississippi students take and how much time they spend taking those tests. It also describes common school district testing practices, such as how testing…

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Mississippi First Releases New Report on District and State Testing

Statement on SPLC Lawsuit

PRESS RELEASE Mississippi First Rachel Canter Executive Director rachel@mississippifirst.org 601.398.9008 Mississippi First Statement on the Southern Poverty Law Center Charter School Lawsuit Yesterday, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a lawsuit alleging that the Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act of 2013 is unconstitutional under the Mississippi Constitution. We are confident the claims will be…

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Statement on SPLC Lawsuit