Mississippi

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

McComb Superintendent Cederick Ellis untangles a student’s medal from his beaded necklace. Ellis honored students who maintained an A average for three consecutive grading periods.

McComb educators savor small victories while wondering: Where have all the black boys gone?

Black boys are missing in graduation pictures in Mississippi

Getting to graduation: Mississippi’s state-wide push to keep kids in school

Dropping out will cost students $260,000 in lost earnings, study says

In this April 14, 2015 photograph, third grade students in Stephanie Slayter’s class at Cherokee Elementary School in Pascagoula, Miss., wait for teachers to pick up computers after completing a computerized 50-question multiple choice third-grade reading test. Across Mississippi, 38,000 third graders, their parents and teachers are waiting to find out whether they’ll be moving on to fourth grade.

More than 5,000 Mississippi third-graders could be held back this year for low reading scores

In this April 14, 2015 photograph, third grade students in Stephanie Slayter’s class at Cherokee Elementary School in Pascagoula, Miss., wait for teachers to pick up computers after…

Darla Miller, a third-grade teacher in the Neshoba County School District, says that Common Core has not changed much in her classroom, but testing has led to extensive changes.

Testing gives third-graders upset stomachs, tears and even fevers

An interview with a Mississippi teacher

Beverly Hale reads to children at a local daycare as part of the Indianola Promise Community’s child literacy program.

Can a successful model from Harlem deliver ‘Promise’ to schools in rural Mississippi?

Beverly Hale reads to children at a local daycare as part of the Indianola Promise Community’s child literacy program. Photo: Kayleigh Skinner INDIANOLA, Miss. — Katrice…

Mississippi district’s black students make up a third of enrollment, but half of all suspensions

Community group files complaint alleging Desoto County schools are violating black students’ civil rights

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How will charter schools differ from traditional public schools in Mississippi?

A conversation with one charter’s chief advisor

How does underfunding actually affect schools? Four questions with Greene County Superintendent Richard Fleming

Forget art class or new technology — the Greene County School District struggles to find enough money just to function, says Richard Fleming, who is in his 11th year as…

Glenn Farmer watches students play at Education Depot, which opened in 1997. The center needed extensive upgrades when Farmer took over.

Why is ‘high quality’ so elusive in Mississippi’s child care centers?

JACKSON, Miss. — After 25 years as a commercial lender for a large bank in Indiana, Glenn Farmer’s future suddenly looked uncertain. His company was going through a…

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