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Sarah Butrymowicz

Sarah Butrymowicz is data editor. Prior to falling in love with spreadsheets and statistics, she spent four years as a staff writer for The Hechinger Report, covering k-12 education, traveling the country and developing an affinity for rural America. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, as well as on Time.com and NBCNews.com. She was the winner of the 2012 New York Press Club’s Nellie Bly Cub Reporter Award. Before receiving a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, she attended public schools in Connecticut, where she had a tendency to go overboard on school projects. Her family still talks about her sixth grade haunted house project in hushed, reverent tones.

Recent Stories

Most colleges enroll many students who aren’t prepared for higher education

At more than 200 campuses, more than half of incoming students must take remedial courses

Remedial classes are a huge stumbling block on the way to a degree. That’s why this community college doesn’t have them

Guttman Community College has an unusual approach to solving a ubiquitous problem

Mississippi to double its inspections of child care centers in the Delta

State plan aims to increase child care oversight, quality

Has your child care center left children unattended?

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

More inspections, inspectors, and coaching system next year could make the state a national model

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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

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Child care centers relied on the early education agency the state is now closing with no public plans to replace it

Is Mississippi’s child care system backsliding?

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