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Bracey Harris

Bracey Harris is a staff writer. Before joining The Hechinger Report, she covered politics and education for the Clarion Ledger where she also focused on government accountability for the paper’s investigative and enterprise team. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Mississippi. The Magnolia State native sometimes bumps into her old high school principal on reporting assignments. She learned the debate team was her strong suit, after failing to receive a callback for “Rizzo” in her high school’s production of “Grease.”

Recent Stories

integrated schools 

‘We’re stronger than we’ve ever been’: A Mississippi district shows that integrated schools pay off

A concerted effort to educate all children together in same schools has helped keep the Pearl School District racially and economically diverse

Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education

‘You can’t help but to wonder’: Crumbling schools, less money, and dismal outcomes in the county that was supposed to change everything for black children in the South

The Supreme Court’s decision in Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education was supposed to force Southern schools to desegregate after more than a decade of stalling. Half a century later, another generation of students won't experience its promise.

school ratings

High school ratings can mask groups of students who struggle

At top-ranked schools, students with disabilities, disadvantages perform no better than peers at F-rated institutions

economic segregation

How Mississippi’s districts are separated into haves and have-nots

Nearly 172,000 students in Mississippi attend schools separated by a district border, but divided by vast economic disparities

Mississippi Legislature

Mississippi’s new governor made bold commitments to increasing teacher pay. Could this be a game changer?

Deciding the fate of the state’s charter schools and debating better teacher pay are among the prominent K12 issues in the Magnolia State this year

segregation academies

Reckoning with Mississippi’s ‘segregation academies’

Like segregated lunch counters and separate entrances, private schools founded to evade integration are reminders of the South’s resistance to equality. But ‘segregation academies’ aren’t relics of the past

Helping rural students thrive

Mississippi had an impressive showing on the Nation’s Report Card this year. But a new report says that drastic change is needed to help the state’s rural students succeed

childhood literacy

Mississippi made the biggest leap in national test scores this year. Is this controversial law the reason why?

Education officials credit efforts an increased focus on childhood literacy, including a controversial retention policy, for the academic gains.

Aallyah Wright Solutions 2. Tony Young, center, former administrator in Coahoma County and current RISE instructor, helps students navigate math equations using their cell phone calculators during an evening RISE teacher certification cohort class at Coahoma Early College High School in late January.

A major test for would-be teachers will de-emphasize the more difficult math sections

Advocates say the change could help more potential teachers pass, helping schools fill vacancies in communities with shortages

teacher activism

Teacher activism is making Red State governor’s races competitive

Mississippi went big for Trump, but education supporters are threatening a political shakeup