The largely poor and rural state of Mississippi suffers from the highest rate of childhood poverty in the country, along with some of the lowest scores on standardized tests. A legacy of racism and segregation are among the roadblocks that keep the children of Mississippi from reaching their full potential. See all our Special Reports

Next step for fixing Mississippi’s lagging schools fails at polls after bruising fight

Educators must regroup after funding fight fails at the polls

Mississippi’s school funding challenge could be headed to court, no matter what voters decide

Mississippi educators carefully watching today’s landmark Initiative 42 vote

Mississippi professor sees hope for his state in students’ symbolic flag victory

“To understand the world you have to understand a place like Mississippi,” William Faulkner famously said. His words came to mind late last month as student leaders at the University…

If the president won’t put children first, who will?

Louisiana politics illustrate why it’s difficult for a president to be a cheerleader for any particular belief system

State of confusion: Mississippians baffled over upcoming school funding vote

Duelling Initiatives 42 and 42A on same ballot have many voters stumped

How a lawyer-turned-felon is trying to boost adult education in Mississippi

Dickie Scruggs pushes for ‘Second Chance’ through adult education programs


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Under pressure: Some Mississippi educators told to stay quiet on school funding battle

"Maybe I’m crazy to speak out. But ... this is a big moment in public education. It’s a time to have all hands on deck."

School district officials say a duplex built next to West Tallahatchie High School is not a recruitment tool they can use.

For rural districts, housing not enough to attract teachers

District says no teachers live in $200,000 duplex built to entice them to community

In this 2013 photo, students at a Hazlehurst Elementary School preschool classroom work on an activity during class time. The Hazlehurst School District has struggled with teacher turnover for years.

In Mississippi, best teachers don’t go where they are needed most

Low-income, minority schools get by with subs, rookies, and incorrectly licensed staff