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

Governor’s Emergency Education Response (GEER) Fund

Mississippi First does NOT administer GEER. Go to the Governor’s website and scroll to the bottom of the page to learn about funding. ANNOUNCEMENT: The Governor has announced how the Governor’s Emergency Education Response (GEER) Fund program will be allocated. The Governor has chosen to divide allocated GEER Funds into two funding categories in order…

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Governor’s Emergency Education Response (GEER) Fund

New resource for Mississippi teachers!

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), in partnership with Mississippi First, has launched a new website for Mississippi teachers to increase teacher access to high-quality instructional materials. The site, Mississippi Instructional Materials Matter, offers a centralized location for Mississippi math and social studies teachers to review high-quality, standards-aligned materials that have been evaluated and adopted…

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New resource for Mississippi teachers!