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.

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

A charter with a D grade is allowed to stay open, but for how long?

Obstacles for one of Mississippi’s first charter schools include teacher and leadership turnover

A charter school faces the ugly history of school choice in the Deep South

In rural parts of the South, school choice has long been linked to private segregation academies opened for white families fleeing desegregation and busing. Mississippi’s first rural charter school challenges that legacy, but threatens the struggling traditional public schools most black children still attend

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disproportionality in special education

New studies challenge the claim that black students are sent to special ed too much

Two quantitative studies find that black students are under-identified for disabilities at school

OPINION: As we seek to meet the educational needs of all students, we can’t overlook curricula

Teaching great content can level the playing field in Mississippi and beyond

Students from City As School high school in New York City think like engineers as they construct a water filtration system.

How to program greater diversity among Mississippi’s computer science grads

Female and black students have been locked out of computer science fields, but a program seeks to change that by starting early

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