Senate Bill 2422: Teacher Procurement Cards

Committee Education Author Dennis DeBar, Jr. Session 2022 ExplanationSB 2422 would require local school districts to issue procurement cards to public school teachers no later than September 1 of each year. Teachers are currently supposed to receive procurement cards—which allow them to purchase school supplies using a predetermined amount of state funds—at the start of…

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Senate Bill 2422: Teacher Procurement Cards

The Senate and House Plans to Raise Teacher Pay

To say this has been a big week for teacher pay would be an understatement. On Monday, Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann and Senate Education Chair Dennis DeBar announced a proposal to restructure the state’s teacher salary schedule in a way that would, according to Hosemann and DeBar, provide an average raise of $4,700 over two…

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The Senate and House Plans to Raise Teacher Pay

Principles for Assessing Curriculum-Related Legislation

Today, we released a statement on American history from our Executive Director, Rachel Canter. In partnership with that statement, Mississippi First has developed the following principles for assessing curriculum-related legislation. These principles are based on our organizational values. Racism is abhorrent in all forms at all times. Slavery was a grave moral sin. So was…

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Principles for Assessing Curriculum-Related Legislation

Statement on American History in Public Schools

By Rachel Canter When I was a first year teacher, I asked my students a basic question about American history—“Why do we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday every year?”—as a way of introducing Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Without exception, the answer I got from every class was that Dr. Martin…

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Statement on American History in Public Schools

Mississippi’s Early Learning Collaboratives Go Above and Beyond

This fall, we surveyed all the Mississippi early learning collaboratives to get a clearer picture of the challenges and successes they experienced during the COVID crisis in the 2020-2021 school year. The information collected was published in our newest report titled, Resilience: Pandemic Impact on Early Learning Collaboratives (2020-2021). We gathered information in six key…

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Mississippi’s Early Learning Collaboratives Go Above and Beyond

Celebrate with us!

We are celebrating #GivingTuesday and the end of the year by raising $10,000 for Mississippi kids. Money raised supports our dedicated staff in achieving high-quality pre-K-12 public education in Mississippi. These dollars directly enable us to produce research, resources, and policy recommendations for children, families, teachers, and schools.  In the last decade, Mississippi has improved…

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Celebrate with us!