Selecting a State Superintendent

By Rachel Canter I Executive Director Mississippi First has published a public memo to the State Board of Education to support the selection of a new state superintendent. This choice will not only be the most important decision the State Board makes this year; it will also be the most important decision they will make…

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Selecting a State Superintendent

New Research: State of Pre-K, Brief #4

Brief #4: Access to Pre-K, 2017-2018 This is the fourth and final brief in the State of Pre-K Series. The 2021 pre-K briefs as a whole provide strong evidence that the collaborative program is the path to expanding quality pre-K statewide. Today, we are releasing the fourth and final brief of the series. The fourth…

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New Research: State of Pre-K, Brief #4

Pre-K in the 2022 Legislative Session

The 2022 legislative session was a wild ride for pre-K. Our bill to permanently change the per-pupil funding rate, HB 1246, died late in the session due to unrelated politics. This bill would have increased the state share of per-pupil pre-K funds from $2,150 to $2,500 per child—an increase of $350 per child in state…

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Pre-K in the 2022 Legislative Session

2022 Legislative Review

By Toren Ballard I Director of K-12 Policy With a wild 2022 legislative session finally coming to a close, we thought it would be helpful to summarize the ideas that survived the legislative process. Teacher pay and the controversial “critical race theory” bill have dominated headlines in recent months, but the 2022 legislative session also…

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2022 Legislative Review

Teacher Pay Raise A Reality!

HB 530 is now a reality! This historic teacher pay raise will go into effect starting the 2022-2023 school year and is a step forward in improving Mississippi’s educator pipeline crisis. We have been receiving many questions about the details of the new law. To see our frequently asked questions, click here. If you have any…

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Teacher Pay Raise A Reality!