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Jackie Mader

Jackie Mader is Mississippi bureau chief. She covers preK-12 education primarily in the rural South. Her work has appeared in the The Denver Post, the Sun Herald and The Clarion-Ledger, as well as on Time.com, The Atlantic and NBCNews.com. She was the winner of the 2013 Front Page Award for In-Depth Newspaper reporting from The Newswomen's Club of New York, as well as the 2014 Nellie Bly Cub Reporter Award from the New York Press Club. Her most notable award, however, came from The California Dried Plum Association when she was 13-years-old and won a recipe contest for her "Puffy Plum Cake," which she dreamt up during a particularly uneventful summer vacation. She received a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to attending Columbia, she taught special education in Charlotte, N.C. and trained first-year teachers in the Mississippi Delta.

Recent Stories

Mandatory kindergarten and home economics: What Mississippi lawmakers have proposed for 2017

Dozens of bills proposed to improve, reform education

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Search the results of child care inspections performed by the Mississippi Department of Health last year to see if your center is on the violations list

Mississippi to increase oversight of child care centers

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We surveyed Mississippi providers to find out

Where are the missing child care directors?

Investigation finds child care center directors, responsible for oversight, are frequently absent

Mississippi defies national trend; decreases scrutiny of early child care quality

Experts say improving the quality of child care is important because early childhood is a critical time for brain development

How child care quality could take a hit when Mississippi’s resource libraries shut down

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Deep dive into Mississippi’s achievement gap: Who has been left behind?

The largest achievement gap in Mississippi exists between black and white students in the state, according to data released earlier this month by the state Department of Education. But…

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