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Monique Harrison-Henderson

Monique Harrison-Henderson has more than 20 years of experience writing about, studying and teaching about U.S. public education. An award-winning writer, she has served as an education writer for newspapers in Mississippi and California, and also has written for Time and the Houston Chronicle. She served as the Director of Public Relations for the Mississippi Department of Education in the late 1990s, and served as an elementary school teacher in both California and Texas. She holds a master's and doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Redlands in Southern California, and recently returned to her home state of Mississippi, where her two children are public school students.

Recent Stories

Next step for fixing Mississippi’s lagging schools fails at polls after bruising fight

Educators must regroup after funding fight fails at the polls

Mississippi’s school funding challenge could be headed to court, no matter what voters decide

Mississippi educators carefully watching today’s landmark Initiative 42 vote

State of confusion: Mississippians baffled over upcoming school funding vote

Duelling Initiatives 42 and 42A on same ballot have many voters stumped

How a lawyer-turned-felon is trying to boost adult education in Mississippi

Dickie Scruggs pushes for ‘Second Chance’ through adult education programs

Under pressure: Some Mississippi educators told to stay quiet on school funding battle

"Maybe I’m crazy to speak out. But ... this is a big moment in public education. It’s a time to have all hands on deck."

School district officials say a duplex built next to West Tallahatchie High School is not a recruitment tool they can use.

For rural districts, housing not enough to attract teachers

District says no teachers live in $200,000 duplex built to entice them to community

In this 2013 photo, students at a Hazlehurst Elementary School preschool classroom work on an activity during class time. The Hazlehurst School District has struggled with teacher turnover for years.

In Mississippi, best teachers don’t go where they are needed most

Low-income, minority schools get by with subs, rookies, and incorrectly licensed staff