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.

The Capitol building in Jackson, Mississippi. Jackson Public Schools entered into an agreement with a private foundation, the City of Jackson, and the Governor’s office to improve its schools.

What have Mississippi legislators proposed for education in the first few days of the legislative session?

Teacher qualification exemptions and state funding for school safety already proposed

In this file photo, a student at a Mississippi elementary school reads during class.

This year’s must-read stories about education in Mississippi

Mental health access and a college’s attempt to reckon with slavery and racism are among topics that made headlines this year

Nurse Polita Williams weighs 8-month-old Jamir during a home visit.

More than 220,000 Mississippi children may be missing out on promising home visiting program

More families are receiving home visits, but hundreds of thousands still in need

High school students from Jackson Public Schools gather to discuss ways to improve district schools at Jackson Convention Complex in Mississippi last week.

Report outlines long road ahead for Jackson Public Schools

Improving services to students with disabilities, retaining teachers, top goals for district

How Mississippi made some of the biggest leaps in national test scores

A focus on literacy and higher expectations led to academic gains

Child care available for only 23 percent of Mississippi’s infants and toddlers, report finds

There are more than four infants and toddlers in need of care for every one spot in a licensed center

Classroom volunteer Aimee Menne helps teach one of the only computer science classes currently offered at San Francisco’s Mission High.

Mississippi lags in computer science grads, teachers— but it has a plan to fix that

In 2016, the state failed to graduate any teachers certified in computer science

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LeMya Vaughn completes an activity on her kindergarten readiness program, UPSTART.

Experts call for an end to online preschool programs

Especially popular in rural areas, preschool programs may expose kids to ‘new risks,’ experts warn

Why this military shipbuilder is investing in local schools

New labs prepare students for local shipbuilding careers

This Mississippi district says these four strategies are helping their struggling readers

Heightened focus on literacy instruction, teacher training is having an impact

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