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

How do Mississippi charters work and are they “private?”

Q&A with Mississippi Center for Public Policy President Forest Thigpen

Public-school tests glitch across state

Twelve thousand Mississippi students spent nearly 20 minutes unable to take their Mississippi Assessment Program tests Wednesday morning. Minneapolis, Minns-based Questar Assessment Inc., the assessment vendor responsible for distributing Mississippi’s…

How one Mississippi district made integration work

Can other districts follow suit?

One reason so many kids in Mississippi fail reading tests?

Too many teachers don’t learn how to teach reading, a new report says

Charter schools drain resources from district schools in Mississippi, Jackson educators say

New charter schools are a money drain on Jackson Public Schools, the district’s chief financial officer, Sharolyn Miller, warned Thursday. Speaking to at a public hearing on education to members…

New rules for school employees who use force with students in Mississippi

Advocates still fear discrimination against kids with special needs


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Being poor should not mean that you lose the right to go to college

How change continuously burdens black families

Will Mississippi’s “religious freedom” act impact children in public and private schools?

House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, authored House Bill 1523, which legal experts believe could contribute to discrimination of the LGBTQ youth. Photo: AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis …

How a governor’s push for “religious freedom” eclipses education crisis and could bring back ‘dark time’

Mississippi passes anti-equality law while ignoring its dismal education system