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Sierra Mannie

Sierra Mannie is the education reporting fellow for the Hechinger Report and the Jackson Free Press and a 2016 graduate of the University of Mississippi with a BA in Classical Studies with an emphasis in Latin. Her past work has been featured at publications such as, and the Daily Mississippian. She is a native of Canton, Mississippi.

Recent Stories

Who should be in charge of licensing Mississippi’s teachers?

Task force calls for independent board to take on that role

Mississippi governor named chairman of national education center

Gov. Phil Bryant to chair bipartisan commission

Mississippi raises the bar students have to meet to pass third grade

“For too long we have set low expectations,” state senator says

No guns or grown-ups allowed: Students solve their own problems with mediation

Students get help and lifelong skills with peer mediation

Can a private consultant fix funding in Mississippi?

Citizens worry about process to overhaul school formula has been too secretive

In segregated classrooms, students struggle to understand a Trump victory

Kids in a deep red state, surprised at the election's outcome, fear what's next

Mississippi expands early childhood education

State superintendent Dr. Carey Wright Photo: Imani Khayyam JACKSON — Just two weeks after Halloween, hundreds of 4-year-olds in high-need areas around the state will receive…

A whole city vows to help its young people apply for college

Jackson's mayor campaigns to get more kids to fill out FAFSA

Mississippi state senator calls tinkering with public-school formula ‘terrifying’

Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, says EdBuild’s involvement with Mississippi’s funding formula is “terrifying.” Photo: Imani Khayyam JACKSON — “Like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.” That’s…

In Mississippi, urban district superintendent under fire after poor rating

Dr. Cedrick Gray, superintendent of Jackson Public Schools.n y Photo: Imani Khayyam JACKSON — When Cedrick Gray took the reins as superintendent of Jackson Public Schools…