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Kayleigh Skinner

Kayleigh Skinner is a graduate of The University of Mississippi. During her time at Ole Miss she contributed regularly to the school’s publication The Daily Mississippian and city newspaper The Oxford Eagle. Her work for The Hechinger Report has appeared in The Clarion Ledger, Jackson Free Press and The Sun Herald. She is from Canada where she primarily learned French growing up. When she moved to California in the third grade she was very bad at reading and writing in English, so she taught herself by reading "The Petsitters Club" book series.

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James Brooks, director of marketing at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Degrees Matter! associate director Camy Sorge, and pastor Odell Cleveland work together to encourage members of the congregation to return to school.

From pews to classes, a new push for higher ed in church

How one pastor does what policymakers often can’t: help people go back to college

Mississippi to open first early college program styled after schools in North Carolina

Sixteen-year-old Julio Martinez and 15-year-old Aaron Penny read and joke together during a free period at Johnston County Early College Academy on April 24. Photo: Kayleigh Skinner…

In this April 14, 2015 photograph, third grade students in Stephanie Slayter’s class at Cherokee Elementary School in Pascagoula, Miss., wait for teachers to pick up computers after completing a computerized 50-question multiple choice third-grade reading test. Across Mississippi, 38,000 third graders, their parents and teachers are waiting to find out whether they’ll be moving on to fourth grade.

More than 5,000 Mississippi third-graders could be held back this year for low reading scores

In this April 14, 2015 photograph, third grade students in Stephanie Slayter’s class at Cherokee Elementary School in Pascagoula, Miss., wait for teachers to pick up computers after…

How will charter schools differ from traditional public schools in Mississippi?

A conversation with one charter’s chief advisor

How does underfunding actually affect schools? Four questions with Greene County Superintendent Richard Fleming

Forget art class or new technology — the Greene County School District struggles to find enough money just to function, says Richard Fleming, who is in his 11th year as…

How one Mississippi mom changed what voters will see on the ballot this November

JACKSON, Miss. – A Mississippi mother of two took on the state legislature Thursday in a battle over school funding. She won. In November, Mississippians will vote on two separate…

Senior Ryan Felder (left) and sophomore Alex Borst (right) created the student group

Students demand answers after Ole Miss board ousts chancellor

Chancellor Dan Jones contract not renewed, without much explanation for why

K. Butler, right of Benton, Miss., and Lynn Wagner of Hickory, second from right, speak to school children from Meridian as they are guided past their Opponents of Common Core table in the rotunda of the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The group is one of several statewide that are against a national standards Initiative that sets Math and English curriculum in every participating state at the same level. Various opposing groups lobby visiting school children, visitors and lawmakers into opposing the standards in Mississippi. Opponents have provided coffee, morning pastries and water several times during the session in an effort to promote a Senate bill that would repeal Common Core in Mississippi.

Mississippi legislature creates a new hurdle for Common Core standards

K. Butler, right of Benton, Miss., and Lynn Wagner of Hickory, second from right, speak to school children from Meridian as they are guided past their Opponents of…

Mississippi special education bill passes that opponents say will create “puppy mills for children”

A controversial bill that would use taxpayer funds to send students with disabilities to private schools advanced in the Mississippi legislature Wednesday. The bill would make Mississippi one of about…

At new Mississippi charter school, students will learn to speak computer

Students at Reimagine Prep in Jackson will learn a valuable skill during their first year, one no other school in the state requires students to study: coding. Coding is a…

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