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

How child care quality could take a hit when Mississippi’s resource libraries shut down

Child care centers relied on the early education agency the state is now closing with no public plans to replace it

Mississippi raises the bar students have to meet to pass third grade

“For too long we have set low expectations,” state senator says

No guns or grown-ups allowed: Students solve their own problems with mediation

Students get help and lifelong skills with peer mediation

Children play with materials at Highway 90 Daycare in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Owner Sherrie Jones has relied on private help to make improvements to her center.

Deep dive into Mississippi’s achievement gap: Who has been left behind?

The largest achievement gap in Mississippi exists between black and white students in the state, according to data released earlier this month by the state Department of Education. But…

Indianola Academy: Indianola Academy in the Delta is one of nearly 200 private schools in Mississippi. Opponents of the proposed legislation say public funds should not be spent to send students to unregulated private schools.

Betsy DeVos may push vouchers — but how would that impact students with the greatest needs?

Vouchers may be ticket out of public schools for kids with disabilities—but is that a good thing?

Can a private consultant fix funding in Mississippi?

Citizens worry about process to overhaul school formula has been too secretive

Secret contracts let politicians keep taxpayers in the dark

Parents fight for transparency, better schools in struggling Mississippi


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In segregated classrooms, students struggle to understand a Trump victory

Kids in a deep red state, surprised at the election's outcome, fear what's next

Mississippi expands early childhood education

State superintendent Dr. Carey Wright Photo: Imani Khayyam JACKSON — Just two weeks after Halloween, hundreds of 4-year-olds in high-need areas around the state will receive…

Kiara McPherson and Jeremiah Hilliard, two students at Em Boyd Elementary, work on a science project. Students say they prefer the iPads to the desktop computers that they used to use in class.

Why one Mississippi district ditched textbooks for laptops

Superintendent says new technology improving academics, behavior