Mississippi should consider teacher-specific undergraduate grant program

This op-ed originally ran in the Clarion-Ledger on February 5, 2021. It was written by Toren Ballard, our director of K-12 policy at Mississippi First. Both current and aspiring public school teachers in Mississippi are increasingly faced with a dilemma: pursue a meaningful career educating the next generation of Mississippians–or earn a paycheck capable of…

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Mississippi should consider teacher-specific undergraduate grant program

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

William F. Winter and Jack Reed, Sr., Teacher Loan Repayment Program

Senate Bill 2305 Pending before the Senate is Senate Bill 2305, which would create a loan repayment program for new Mississippi teachers known as the “William F. Winter and Jack Reed, Sr., Teacher Loan Repayment Program.” The Winter-Reed Loan Repayment Program would incentivize recent college graduates to teach in Mississippi, particularly in a critical shortage…

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William F. Winter and Jack Reed, Sr., Teacher Loan Repayment Program

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

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

MCSAB Releases New Parent Survey Findings; Public Charter School Satisfaction Up

The press release was originally published by the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board. JACKSON, MS–In 2017, the Mississippi Charter School Authorization Board (MCSAB) was awarded a federal Charter Schools Program grant, which requires the MCSAB to conduct an annual parent survey. For the past two years, MCSAB has contracted with Mississippi First to complete the…

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MCSAB  Releases  New  Parent  Survey  Findings;  Public  Charter  School  Satisfaction  Up