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Communications and Government Relations

Communications and Government Relations

MDE Seeks Public Input on Prioritizing Federal Funds for School Restart and Recovery


For Immediate Release: May 19, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is seeking public input to help the state prioritize the use of funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act provides one-time relief funds to respond to the impact of school closures due to COVID-19 and to assist schools with their restart and recovery plans.

State Superintendent of Education Presents Statewide Digital Learning Plan to Mississippi Legislature


For Immediate Release: May 13, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. – Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education, testified before the Mississippi Senate Education Committee today, outlining the Mississippi Department of Education’s (MDE) plan to connect all Mississippi children to the internet so schools can deliver high-quality instruction digitally.

2019 State of Preschool Report Recognizes Mississippi as One of Top States for High-Quality Pre-K


For Immediate Release:  April 22, 2020

JACKSON, Miss – The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) recognized Mississippi in its latest report on pre-K quality as one of only four states whose publicly funded pre-K program meets all 10 of NIEER’s new quality standards for early childhood education.

The latest ranking is published in the NIEER report, The State of Preschool 2019. The annual report tracks state-funded preschool access, resources and quality.

State Board of Education Student Member Shelby Dean: Seniors, Let’s Finish Strong


For Immediate Release: March 31, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. – I don't think anyone, especially us high school seniors, saw this coming. I keep thinking back to mid-January, a few weeks after coming back to school from Christmas break, when I heard about the virus outbreak in China. It came up in small talk among my Biomedical Research class, and the conversation always ended with, "Well, it will end soon," or "Wouldn't it be crazy if it made it all the way to us?"

Mississippi State Board of Education Suspends Key Policies to Manage Impact of Extended School Closures


For Immediate Release: March 26, 2020 

JACKSON, Miss. –  The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) today suspended several statewide policies to manage the impact of extended school closures due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health crisis. The policy suspensions apply only to students and educator candidates in the 2019-20 school year and educator preparation program applicants through December 2021.

Mississippi Department of Education Compiles Learning-at-Home Resources


For Immediate Release: March 23, 2020 

JACKSON, Miss. –  The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has compiled a host of learning-at-home resources for students in pre-K through grade 12 to support student learning during the extended school closure. The resources are available online at

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