In 2019, Mississippi First established our focus on improving Mississippi’s educator pipeline.

We have expanded our effort to focus on supporting and advocating for policy solutions
that will increase equitable access to quality teachers and leaders.

National research shows the most important in-school factor in a child’s education is the effectiveness of their classroom teacher. Current data show students in low-income schools are three times as likely to have an ineffective teacher as students in non-low-income schools. These statistics fueled our advocacy to ensure Mississippi kids have a chance to have access to quality education in Mississippi.

Our research started in 2019 with the Nothing in the Pipes: Educator Crisis in Mississippi report. We gathered and reviewed quantitative and qualitative data about the current pipeline in Mississippi, both pre-service and in-service, and it reviewed relevant national research, practices, and programs. Our key findings and policy recommendations were published in 2021.

We continue to lead the effort to ensure Mississippi kids have equitable access to quality teachers and leaders by supporting policies that support Mississippi teachers and leaders.

Latest News About Teachers and Leaders

  • Examining Attrition Risk For State-Tested Teachers
    Editor’s Note: This blog post is a part of a new ongoing series of posts dedicated to K-12 education policy in Mississippi. *** By Grace Breazeale I K-12 Policy Associate Among the…
  • 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…
  • Teacher Pay Raise Closer to Reality
    Conferees from the House and Senate met this morning for the first official conference committee meeting for House Bill 530. Though the meeting ended without a final deal, there may finally be…

Our Research and Publications on Teachers and Leaders

Check out our Publications page to see our extensive research and reports on teachers and leaders in Mississippi.