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Nick Chiles

Nick Chiles is an award-winning journalist and three-time New York Times bestselling author. He has written or co-written 14 books and won over a dozen major journalism awards during a journalism career that brought him to the Dallas Morning News, the Star-Ledger of New Jersey and New York Newsday, where he won a Pulitzer Prize as part of a team of reporters.

Recent Stories

Marjada Tucker, 19, is a Rice University sophomore who started a summer program in her hometown of Starkville, Mississippi, to prepare students for college.

A 19-year-old college student comes back to give hometown students a better chance

Last year, just 12 percent of students in Mississippi met the ACT college benchmark

Dr. Princess Parker, educational consultant, works with a third grade student at East Sunflower summer school.

Full-court press for Mississippi third graders in summer school has disappointing results

After months of intense work with youngsters who twice failed state reading test, one Delta district sees scant progress

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Q&A with Rebecca Wolfe, personalized learning's biggest advocate

Lack of diversity among tech leadership could stall advances for children of color

John Branam John Branam, a partner at the California-based The Learning Accelerator, probably won’t be the most popular guy in Silicon Valley in the coming months.…

As Mississippi delivers bad news to 5,600 third graders, stressed-out parents say there must be a better way

Will holding back thousands of third-graders boost student performance in Mississippi?

The banks of the Mississippi River, as seen from Great River Road State Park in the Mississippi Delta, where there is a dearth of structured activities for children in the summer. (Photo: Nick Chiles)

Are the lazy days of summer killing our nation’s academic progress?

DREW, Miss. ––Drive down a dusty road in the Mississippi Delta in July and you will quickly come across a familiar scene: Kids, walking. Out of the house, no particular…

Can the hundreds of education experts who flocked to Mississippi improve life for the state’s black boys?

JACKSON, Miss. – Like the billion locusts that emerge every 17 years to descend on the Northeast, sometimes the thing we call news has a remarkably simple basis: We cover…