LEXINGTON, MISS. — Students in this central Mississippi town quickly learn that even minor transgressions can bring down the weight of the paddle. Seventh grader Steven Burns recounts getting smacked with it for wearing the wrong color shirt; Jacoby Blue, 12, for failing to finish her homework on time; and Curtis Hill, 16, for defiantly […]
JACKSON, Miss. – Year after year, school officials in this poor and largely rural state say they scramble to stock classrooms with basic supplies like textbooks and pencils. They seek donations from outside groups and wonder if they’ll ever have enough money to hire coaches and classroom assistants. Now, a newly formed group is taking a fresh […]
In a state where poverty affects tens of thousands of children and education falls to the bottom of national rankings, community leaders know they have to do what they can to improve opportunities for kids across Mississippi.
When it comes to education, health, and economic opportunity, both white and black children in Mississippi are worse off than their peers in nearly every other state, a report and rankings released Tuesday found. White children in Mississippi ranked below all states except for West Virginia, while black children in the Magnolia state ranked below […]
HAZLEHURST, Miss. — When the state took control of the Hazlehurst City school district in 2008, the small rural district was in chaos and suffering from abysmal academic performance. Student folders had gaps where grades and attendance records should have been. District personnel reports listed one employee as holding five different positions, including assistant superintendent, […]
ABERDEEN, Miss.— In the 23 years that Jennifer Calvert has offered preschool for 4-year-olds in this rural town, she has never filled a classroom. Last year, just six students signed up, even though Calvert has room for 19 in her bright, spacious child care center. Calvert said that many families wanted their children in pre-kindergarten, […]
Mississippi is one of the 45 states that has adopted the education standards known as Common Core. For the first time, students across the county will have the same education goals in math and English. In August, every teacher in Mississippi will teach Common Core. The Hechinger Report’s Jackie Mader visited rural Forrest County to […]
Oxford, Miss. – More than a week after desecration to the statue of civil rights icon James Meredith at the University of Mississippi, students, faculty members and Chancellor Daniel Jones are sharing anger and frustration as the investigation continues without any arrests. “I didn’t really realize what racism was until I got here,’’ Marcus Daniels, […]
Latest racial incident brings pain, sadness for first black female ‘Ole Miss’ student body president
I never thought that I would meet a historic figure like James Meredith, the first black student admitted to the University of Mississippi.
OXFORD, Miss. – Students have been meeting and talking about racism and potential solutions for moving forward following vandalism to a statue of James Meredith on this leafy campus earlier this week. They’ve left flowers, lit candles and held up signs with slogans like “Respect our school!” and “Equality for All!” On Thursday,according to published reports, three […]