In an effort to support families, teachers, and students we have published a new policy vision that details three ways that Mississippi can work to improve education for all.
Mississippi First looks forward to working with policymakers, educators, and families to make these ideas a reality.
Rachel CanterExecutive Director
Rachel Canter is the Executive Director of Mississippi First and author of many Mississippi First reports, including Leaving Last in Line, the State of Pre-K series, and Public Perception of Public Charter Schools (2019). Rachel founded Mississippi First in 2008.
Toren BallardDirector of K-12 Policy
Toren Ballard is the Director of K-12 Policy at Mississippi First. Nothing in the Pipes was his first major report published at Mississippi First. Toren was also responsible for the 2020 release of the Public Perception of Charter Schools in Mississippi.