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

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Despite efforts to require lessons on civil rights, outdated textbooks indicate little has changed

Along with demonstrators, supporters of President Donald J. Trump showed up for the opening day of the new civil rights museum; one supporter looks at a list of those who were lynched. 

Never mind Trump’s visit — Mississippi’s new Civil Rights Museum is a real game changer for education

State’s racist history revealed in unsparing detail: ‘It hurts my heart’

In this file photo, a student reads in a Mississippi elementary school.

How one Mississippi elementary school improved to an A rating

Focus on attendance, instructional time, led to improvement

Coahoma County will be home to the first rural charter school in the state. Rural charter schools are often seen as a threat to the scant resources available for rural public schools.

Are rural charter schools viable in Mississippi?

Coahoma County will be home to the first rural charter school in the state. Rural charter schools are often seen as a threat to the scant resources available…

Sinking to knees, Mrs Mamie Bradley weeps as body of slain son, Emmett Louis Till, 14 arrives at Chicago Rail Station.

Mississippi’s darkest days on display in new museums

New Civil Rights Museum goes where public schools, textbooks don’t

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The Capitol building in Jackson, Mississippi. Jackson Public Schools entered into an agreement with a private foundation, the City of Jackson, and the Governor’s office to improve its schools.

Large Mississippi district handed over to public-private partnership

Takeover of Jackson Public Schools offers a ‘new model’ for the country

Civil Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, August 1964.

OPINION: Fannie Lou Hamer survived a prison beating, taught black people their rights and stood up to a president

So why don’t more students know about this Mississippi Civil Rights heroine?

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