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.

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

Half of all Mississippi college graduates have loan debt

New report finds the average debt amount has increased for Mississippi grads

At more than 25 percent, Mississippi’s food hardship rate highest in nation

More than a quarter of families with kids experience food shortages

How one summer program is trying to get more Mississippi teens to college

From ACT prep to tuition funding, Camp College helps teens get ready for higher ed

Mississippi improves in child well-being rankings, but still has room to improve

Decrease in child poverty, parental unemployment bumps Mississippi up slightly in national rankings

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Jennifer Townsend reads to two of her children before a parenting class in the Leland Medical Clinic’s parent center.

Her daughter was suicidal, but this mother was told the soonest she could get help was in six months

Rural children often go without critical mental health treatment

Summer learning programs are too expensive for many of Mississippi’s kids

Families must spend up to 33 percent of their summer salary for 10-weeks of learning

Mississippi’s graduation rate gaps are among lowest in the country, report finds

New federal report highlights the ‘condition of education’ nationwide

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