Senate Bill 2286

UPDATE on 2/25/20 at 1:51 PM CST: The committee substitute sent from Senate Ed passed the Senate Appropriations Committee with no amendments. It will now be listed on the Senate Calendar for consideration by the full Senate. Read the committee substitute. Status Senator Brice Wiggins and Education Chair Senator Dennis Debar, Jr. filed the Senate pre-K…

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Senate Bill 2286

Senate Bill 2508 & 2353

Updated on 3/12/2020 at 12:30 PM: The Senate voted unanimously to pass SB2508 on March 4, 2020. The bill has now been transmitted to the House. The Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amended SB2353 on March 3, 2020. The amended bill contains the same provisions, but only extends the repealer to 2021, instead of 2026,…

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Senate Bill 2508 & 2353

Ahead of the Heard

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…

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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

School Grades: A Few Pointers

School grades came out unofficially yesterday, and we’re already seeing (sometimes uninformed) chatter about what they mean. Here are a few pointers: Our state accountability system is based mostly on how well kids do on their end-of-year tests. The end-of-year tests are given in reading and math to all kids in grades 3-8, in science…

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School Grades: A Few Pointers

Mississippi First Statement on the Charter School Lawsuit Victory

Yesterday, the Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of charter schools receiving state and local dollars. Mississippi First is thrilled for the 1,750-plus children receiving their public education from one of the six public charter schools in Mississippi. The ruling unequivocally affirms what we have said all along: public education dollars belong to public school children for their public education; charter…

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Mississippi First Statement on the Charter School Lawsuit Victory

MCSAB Authorizes New Charter Schools

This year, the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board (MCSAB) has approved the application of three more charter schools, bringing the total count to eight public charter schools in Mississippi. Charter schools are free public schools. They get their name from the contract—or charter—that the school signs with the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board. The charter…

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MCSAB Authorizes New Charter Schools