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Sierra Mannie

Sierra Mannie is a freelance writer. She was previously an education reporting fellow for the Hechinger Report and the Jackson Free Press. She is 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

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…

Mississippi accountability ratings gloomy for Jackson schools

Carey Wright, state superintendent of education, says Jackson Public Schools’ failing score indicates low proficiency on state examinations. Photo: Imani Khayyam JACKSON — For the first…

Unmet Needs: Children with disabilities caught in the voucher crossfire

Parents can send their kids to a Mississippi private school -- if they can find one that offers special education

Federal grant aims to boost low-income test takers in Mississippi

State superintendent Dr. Carey Wright says the grant will help create equitable opportunities for students to earn college credit in high school. Photo: Imani Khayyam Mississippi…

This futuristic afterschool program really works, so why is the funding being slashed?

A funding blunder in Mississippi endangers after school programs for some of its neediest children

Chronically absent: Is quality education possible in juvenile detention in Mississippi?

One Mississippi youth court judge says he wants to be bored – like the Maytag man

Southern Poverty Law Center: Mississippi’s charter funding is unconstitutional

Reimagine Prep is one of the charter schools operating in Jackson. Photo: Imani Khayyam JACKSON, Miss. — A new charter school provision would drain local money away…

When it comes to student achievement, facilities matter

JACKSON — Yazoo County School District Superintendent Becky Fischer said the lights in the high school in her district were so old, they could not even find bulbs for them…