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Hungry Children Benefit from Jackson Food Program This Summer

For the 26th consecutive year, the Summer Foods Services Program, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture funds, will serve more than 3,000 kids a day at the 12 sites in ...

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10 Who Graduated Thanks to Testing Errors Will Keep Diplomas

State education officials said Wednesday that 10 Mississippi high school students were allowed to graduate only because of testing errors in their favor, but the state won't revoke their diplomas.

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Analysis: Unclear Path for Revamp of Mississippi Student Aid

As tuition grows more expensive at Mississippi's universities and community colleges, more students are seeking aid to help them pay. But the state's financial aid programs have problems of their ...

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Mississippi Fires Testing Firm After Exams Wrongly Scored

The Mississippi Department of Education is firing a testing company, saying scoring errors raise questions about the graduation status of nearly 1,000 students statewide.

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Jackson State to Cut Budget and Borrow Money to Aid Finances

Jackson State University will cut its next budget by nearly 8 percent and borrow $6 million as it tries to cut expenses and rebuild financial reserves.

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Long-game Economics Requires Investing in Kids

The typical economic-development strategy for Mississippi Republicans in recent years has been a game of tax cuts, supposedly so that corporations and companies will relocate and set up shop here ...

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Broadening Experiences

At a time in our nation's history when we desperately need community involvement and a sense of local and national purpose, AmeriCorps is one of the organizations that can provide ...

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Wrapping Around the Most Vulnerable

Terry Thigpen had been to four residential acute-treatment facilities before he was 10 years old, until his mother, Shavonne, discovered the Wraparound Initiative. It was an alternative to sending Terry ...

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Mississippi Community College Costs Up 13 Percent After Cuts

Tuition and fees at Mississippi's 15 community and junior colleges will rise by 13 percent this fall, with the average annual price exceeding $3,000 for the first time as schools ...

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Report: Mississippi Kids Still in Last Place; Black Children in Worst Conditions

Mississippi still sits in last place in the Annie E. Casey Foundation annual Kids Count report, which ranks economic and family well-being as well as education and health in each ...

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Forum: Redeemer's School Bridging Home and School Gap

Redeemer's School welcomed its first group of kids in August 2014. Since its inception, DeSean Dyson said the school has grown in purpose and size.

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A Pre-Huey Long Mississippi

When Huey Long first swept onto the political scene in Louisiana in the 1920s, the state was the quintessential southern backwater.

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Legislature Can’t Dress Up Damage Doing to State

The special session on Monday presented lawmakers the chance to potentially clean up some unfinished business from the 2017 legislative session as well as messes by particular members (looking at ...

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JSU Reels After President Search, Budget Cuts

Jackson State University students, faculty and staff members went through a whirlwind of hiring and firing in the last two weeks.

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God, Family and Books: Each One, Reach One

ROCAAT is an acronym for Reaching One Community at a Time, which describes the vision that Gwendolyn Bell shares with her younger sister, Pamela Hurston.