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

What it’s like to be a transgender student in Mississippi

A state refuses to comply with Obama's new rules protecting transgender kids in schools; here's what it felt like to be one of those kids

From Brown v. Board to Cleveland, Mississippi, a history fraught with injustice

Jennifer Riley-Collins is the executive director of the ACLU of Mississippi. May 17th marked the 62nd anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark case that…

How Mississippi got an award for education

Mississippi, usually at the bottom of national lists, gets recognized for academic improvement

Mississippi stalls on Obama directive for transgender students

The Obama Administration has issued a directive protecting the civil rights of transgender students. Photo: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File Mississippi may ignore a federal directive to…

“Education costs money,” says state superintendent in Mississippi

If state were adding, not cutting education funding, she’d pour it into early education

Frustration over instability, violence at Mississippi high school

At Forest Hill High School, parents, students and teachers are fed up with the fighting. But is the solution already in the district?

Could an after-school network solve Mississippi’s education ‘crisis’?

Jackson-based after-school program Operation Shoestring is helping lead the charge for an after-school network for program operators in the state


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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…