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

Trevion Williams (left) and Jashun Griffith (right), both 13, students at Crystal Springs Middle School in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, chat at the Haley Farm lake gazebo.

A ‘civil rights camp’ teaches kids a history they’re not learning in school

Mississippi teens travel to Tennessee to learn about activism and the Civil Rights Movement

How much do you know about The Civil Rights Movement?

We asked students at K-12 schools in Mississippi that question. Here is what they said

The Civil Rights Movement hero you’ve never heard of

A graphic story of Clyde Kennard, the civil rights activist sent to jail for his effort to integrate a Mississippi university

The districts that use outdated textbooks to teach about the Civil Rights Movement

A map of Mississippi districts using old books in high school history courses

An exhibit at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Students around the state say education on the Civil Rights Movement is lacking in schools.

Why students are ignorant about the Civil Rights Movement

Mississippi’s outdated textbooks teach an abbreviated version of civil rights, undermining the state’s new ‘innovative’ standards

Do state takeovers work in Mississippi?

As the state considers another takeover, does data show they’re effective?

Could more home visits improve outcomes for Mississippi moms and kids?

Future of current programs uncertain as officials hope for congressional reauthorization

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VIDEO: Fighting hunger in the Mississippi Delta

The summer food program that could become a lifeline if Trump cuts the federal budget

Trump’s proposed after-school cuts could lead to more hungry kids, lower test scores

Research shows good nutrition helps children do better in school

A high school library in a school district in Mentor, Ohio, was redesigned to fit the school’s vision for blended learning.

TEACHER VOICE: Ready for kindergarten? Here are the apps that can help make the difference

A Mississippi teacher explains how the right kind of screen time can support future reading success

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