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

Southern Poverty Law Center: Mississippi’s charter funding is unconstitutional

Reimagine Prep is one of the charter schools operating in Jackson. Photo: Imani Khayyam JACKSON, Miss. — A new charter school provision would drain local money away…

Schools in the poorest state become even poorer

Can Mississippi schools get ahead after a new round of budget cuts?

When it comes to student achievement, facilities matter

JACKSON — Yazoo County School District Superintendent Becky Fischer said the lights in the high school in her district were so old, they could not even find bulbs for them…

How deaf kids learn in Mississippi

Dr. Sandra Edwards, superintendent at the Mississippi School for the Deaf, is a CODA, or “child of a deaf adult.” She says she knew American Sign Language, or…

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…


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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