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.

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

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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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

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