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

A stained glass window depicts the University Greys, a group of Ole Miss students who left school to fight in the Confederate Army. They suffered 100 percent casualties.

A university grapples with its links to slavery and racism

Ole Miss puts plaques acknowledging injustices committed by slave-owning ‘heroes’ near buildings named for confederate leaders, but students want more

Student Jaylen Dennis sets up an experiment to test one of Newton’s Laws.

Can online learning level the AP playing field for rural kids?

Some schools are wading deeper into more immersive online education, but experts urge caution

Students sit in an Advanced Placement physics class in a high school in Holmes County, Mississippi.

Mississippi students increase participation rates, improve scores on AP exams

More students than ever before took college-level exams last year, but percentage passing still trails other states

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Despite efforts to require lessons on civil rights, outdated textbooks indicate little has changed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

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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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