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

Mississippi leads south in black student suspensions

In 84 Southern districts, black students received 100 percent of suspensions

Jarrius Adams, a recent Hattiesburg High School graduate and debate champion, speaks in favor of Initiative 42 in Jackson last week.

Mississippi has a school funding fight on its hands: Will kids be the winner?

Will Mississippi get more funding for its failing schools? Or does school failure have nothing to do with funds?

The potentially devastating impacts of Mississippi’s Initiative 42

In November, Mississippi voters choose between two ballot initiatives to decide whether to change their constitution. The first, created by nonprofit 42 for Better Schools, requires the Legislature uphold a 1997…

The kids are the losers if Mississippi’s Initiative 42 does not pass

In November, Mississippi voters choose between two ballot initiatives to decide whether to change their constitution. The first, created by nonprofit 42 for Better Schools, requires the Legislature uphold a 1997…

Dr. Princess Parker, educational consultant, works with a third grade student at East Sunflower summer school.

Full-court press for Mississippi third graders in summer school has disappointing results

After months of intense work with youngsters who twice failed state reading test, one Delta district sees scant progress

A student in Lynn Chapman’s kindergarten class works on a workbook lesson about height.

Can 5-year-olds in Mississippi conquer the Common Core?

Standards are becoming harder and Mississippi kindergartens start school behind their peers in other states

After years of reform, a sign of hope for a rural Mississippi school

In rural Mississippi, a focus on reading basics, intervention, shows promising third grade results

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Mississippi to open first early college program styled after schools in North Carolina

Sixteen-year-old Julio Martinez and 15-year-old Aaron Penny read and joke together during a free period at Johnston County Early College Academy on April 24. Photo: Kayleigh Skinner…

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

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