MSF releases a new guide for schools!

Mississippi schools have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Every student now has access to a device, and the state is working to expand broadband access. These circumstances make it the right time for districts to establish a one-to-one technology initiative. Today, Mississippi First released our One-to-One Implementation Guide: Establishing Your District’s One-to-One Technology Initiative. The guide supports…

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MSF releases a new guide for schools!

$16M for Mississippi Four-Year-Olds!

This news deserves its own post. The Mississippi State Legislature doubled its investment in state-funded pre-K to $16M. This is an historic step that ensures educational excellence for Mississippi kids.  Pre-K has been a founding policy area for us. When we helped pass the original law in 2013, we hoped that within 10 years 25%…

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$16M for Mississippi Four-Year-Olds!

What HB 852 means for current and prospective educators in Mississippi

With the passage of HB 852, Mississippi public school teachers are poised to receive a much-anticipated raise for the 2021-2022 school year. If signed by the Governor, HB 852 will adjust the minimum salary schedule for certified teachers to provide a raise of $1,110 for those in their first three years of teaching (bringing the…

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What HB 852 means for current and prospective educators in Mississippi

What bills are we tracking?

The 2021 legislative session has now come to a close. There are still certain bills that are awaiting the Governor’s signature. We will continue to update this post accordingly.

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What bills are we tracking?

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act

In December 2020, Congress passed a stimulus package containing a second round of both GEER and ESSER funds. This bill is referred to as the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA). In order for states to get their share of the funding, they must “…maintain support for elementary and secondary education and…

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Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act

Legislative Update: Pre-K

In 2020, the legislature decided to raise the per-pupil funding rate for collaboratives from $2,150 to $2,500. Because of the pandemic sidelined many general bills, our legislative champions did this directly in the budget bill. We were thrilled with this progress, but a change in the budget bill only lasts for one year. This year,…

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Legislative Update: Pre-K