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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, The Atlantic and 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

Indianola Academy: Indianola Academy in the Delta is one of nearly 200 private schools in Mississippi. Opponents of the proposed legislation say public funds should not be spent to send students to unregulated private schools.

Betsy DeVos may push vouchers — but how would that impact students with the greatest needs?

Vouchers may be ticket out of public schools for kids with disabilities—but is that a good thing?

Kiara McPherson and Jeremiah Hilliard, two students at Em Boyd Elementary, work on a science project. Students say they prefer the iPads to the desktop computers that they used to use in class.

Why one Mississippi district ditched textbooks for laptops

Superintendent says new technology improving academics, behavior

Will Mississippi’s most rural schools be punished by the state’s new report card system?

State scores now based on factors like college-level course participation

Children in the Richton School District, about 20 miles east of Hattiesburg, play on outdated playground equipment. Across Mississippi, educators say that years of underfunding have left them with inadequate facilities and few supplies. (Photo: Jackie Mader)

A controversial student funding system could replace Mississippi’s long-neglected spending formula

Here’s what a new way of allocating education money might mean for schools

Why you should care about what’s happening to Mississippi schoolchildren

Hechinger newsletter will look at challenges, solutions in Mississippi schools

To increase teacher diversity, ignore selectivity of teacher education programs?

Federal government says it will focus on outcomes instead; critic says it’s an insult to black and Latino teachers

Is Mississippi’s child care system backsliding?

Vital programs for vulnerable Mississippi children in limbo as state rushes to meet new federal rules

How do we stop the exodus of minority teachers?

New report suggests working conditions largely to blame for high turnover

How to help principals do a better job? Train their bosses

More districts training top officials to better coach, support school leaders

How one Mississippi district made integration work

Can other districts follow suit?