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Agreement Aims to Stymie School-to-Prison Pipeline

The Justice Department said Friday it has reached a settlement with the city of Meridian over policies that had allowed students to be detained without probable cause or legal representation—policies ...

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Special Ed Groups on the Fence about Initiative 42

Initiative 42, the citizen-supported ballot measure to fully fund Mississippi's public-school system, boasts of having a broad coalition of support. However, a vocal and influential bloc aren't fully convinced that ...


Another 2,000 Third-Graders Pass Reading Test on Second Try

More than 2,000 third-graders passed Mississippi's reading test when they took it a second time, leaving about 3,400 students statewide at risk of failing.

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Miss. Justices Hear Debate Over School Funding Ballot Titles

The Mississippi Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday about how two school-funding initiatives will be presented to voters in November.

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Boys, Barbers and Books

Everyone knows that a trip to a barbershop can often mean long waits before you get in the chair—in some cases, extremely long waits. And for kids, it's sometimes difficult ...


Free Test-Preparation Program for Revamped SAT Goes Online

The nonprofit organization behind the SAT college entrance exam has teamed up with a Silicon Valley pioneer in online education to make test preparation materials available for free starting Tuesday, ...

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Tests on Trial

Statewide, 14.83 percent of third graders—5,612 students—failed to reach the minimum score needed for entrance into fourth grade on the first test.

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The Steep Price of Summer Slide

Research from suggests that unequal access to summer learning opportunities accounts for more than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income students.

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Judge to Weigh Desegregation Options for Cleveland Schools

Sixty-one years and one day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial school segregation was illegal in Brown vs. Board of Education, lawyers Monday presented clashing visions of what ...

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Defining Effective School Discipline in JPS

On May 6, Jackson Public Schools seemed to be suffering from a split personality. That morning, at Wingfield High School in south Jackson, education advocates and school officials hailed the ...

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McComb Educators: Where Have all the Black Boys Gone?

It's not yet known how many of the black males who entered McComb High School four years ago will cross the stage at graduation and pick up diplomas this month, ...


Time to Rethink Third-Grade Tests

As predicted, a sizable chunk of Mississippi's third-grade students failed the so-called third-grade reading gate test and may have to repeat the whole school year.

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Getting to Graduation: Mississippi’s Statewide Push to Keep Kids in School

The Legislature's goal to increase the statewide graduation rate to 85 percent by the 2018-2019 school year has, in part, fueled Mississippi to work hard to keep students in school.

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28% of 3rd Graders in JPS Might Be Held Back

Results from the so-called third-grade gate test, which requires students to demonstrate reading proficiency before moving on to the fourth grade, show that 28 percent of JPS' third graders may ...


ACT to Expand Computer-Based Testing

ACT test takers take note: The No. 2 pencil is losing its cachet. Greater numbers of high school students will be able to take the college entrance exam on a ...