At Mississippi First, we lead change by advancing ideas through the public policy continuum. We are a leading voice for state-funded pre-K, high-quality charter schools, access to highly effective teachers, and creating a future for public schools. Learn more about the most recent legislative session and the current proposed policies that our work supports.

Current Policies

Legislative Tracker

In an effort to keep the public up-to-date with current legislation, we will update a bill tracker regularly throughout the 2022 session.

Early Education

The Raise the Rate campaign is dedicated to raising the pre-K funding rate from $4,300 to $5,000 per child for early learning collaborative students. This rate change has been made in the budget since 2020, but we now seek a permanent change. 

Teacher Pay

We are dedicated to improving teacher compensation through salary increases, financial aid and loan repayment to offset the rising cost of tuition, and stipends to teach in critical shortage areas.