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

Principal Shimelle Mayers gave high marks to the two retired teachers who are among her staff this school year at Brinkley Middle School in Jackson.

Former educators answer call to return to school

Desperate for teachers, districts beg retirees to come back

Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. The state’s public universities now rely more on tuition than appropriations for funding.

Report: Universities relying more on tuition than state and local money

More than half of all states now rely more on tuition for revenue

Report: After-school supper program only reaching a fraction of Mississippi’s kids in need

Could increasing after-school programs curb hunger in the state?

A student in the Mississippi Delta raises his hand during class. More than 40 school districts in the state, including many in the Delta, lack qualified teachers.

How one Mississippi college is trying to tackle teacher shortages

Tuition discounts for assistant teachers, scholarships to learn how to teach math are among the programs offered

A stained glass window depicts the University Greys, a group of Ole Miss students who left school to fight in the Confederate Army. They suffered 100 percent casualties.

A university grapples with its links to slavery and racism

Ole Miss puts plaques acknowledging injustices committed by slave-owning ‘heroes’ near buildings named for confederate leaders, but students want more

Student Jaylen Dennis sets up an experiment to test one of Newton’s Laws.

Can online learning level the AP playing field for rural kids?

Some schools are wading deeper into more immersive online education, but experts urge caution

Students sit in an Advanced Placement physics class in a high school in Holmes County, Mississippi.

Mississippi students increase participation rates, improve scores on AP exams

More students than ever before took college-level exams last year, but percentage passing still trails other states

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Poll finds southern voters want more education spending

Education one of the top concerns for voters

The Mississippi State Capitol.

What have legislators proposed for education in Mississippi this year?

Universal preschool, raising assistant teacher salaries, up for discussion

In the 2015-16 school year, none of the social studies textbooks listed for use in the state’s fourth grade classroom was published before 2005.

History of civil rights movement gets short shrift in Mississippi classrooms

Despite efforts to require lessons on civil rights, outdated textbooks indicate little has changed

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