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Mississippi Subsidizes Advanced Placement Test Fees

Historically under-served students will have increased access to advanced-placement tests, thanks to a $189,781 grant from the U.S. Department of Education.


Ole Miss Chancellor Calls Student's Online Comment 'Racist'

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi chancellor on Friday condemned a student's online comment about lynching as "racist, offensive and hurtful" after dozens of other students said the ...

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Study: Mississippi has “Two School Systems”

Mississippians in the highest income-tax brackets have enjoyed the limited economic growth the state has seen since the Great Recession, according to a recent report by Loyola University in New ...


Help Kids with Action and Planning, Not Ego

It's a tough time for children in Jackson, and in Mississippi overall. Truthfully, at least when it comes to poor children, the state has never been especially kind or helpful ...

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State Stiffs After-School Programs

In addition to project-based learning, SR1 kids travel statewide and compete in robotics tournaments and visit college campuses. They perform well on state-testing assessments across all subject areas, not just ...


USM to Cut Nonresident Tuition in Bid to Boost Enrollment

The University of Southern Mississippi is cutting tuition for students from outside the state in a bid to boost enrollment and revenue.


Education Chief Touts Wraparound Services in Mississippi

Ask Arlesia Gilson, a sixth-grader at Carver Elementary School, how her school changed in recent years and she says, "It got harder." But four years into a five-year, $30 million ...


Mississippi Sets New Score Levels for A-to-F School Grades

Mississippi's public schools and districts have a new scoring system in place for assigning A-to-F grades after a series of dustups that started last month.

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State Fund Mismanagement Threatens Afterschool Programs Like Shoestring

A month after the Mississippi Department of Education announced it would slash 21st Century Community Learning Center grants, kids at Operation Shoestring, a nonprofit afterschool program in Jackson, still make ...

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Mississippi Charter Board Rejects Plan for 3 Jackson Schools

Mississippi's Charter School Authorizer Board Monday rejected an application from an Ohio-based group to open three elementary schools in Jackson, meaning the board will approve no new charter schools this ...

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Public-School Rankings Present Concerns for Districts, Families

Even though Davis Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary School in the Jackson Public School District is ranked an A by the Mississippi Department of Education—and the best elementary school in the ...

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Jackson Elementary School Ranked Best In State, a popular school-ranking website, has rated Davis Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary School the best elementary school in the state of Mississippi.

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Raining Paper Cats and Dogs

Inside Cassandre Connolly's Siwell Middle School art class on a recent Thursday morning, it was raining paper cats and dogs.

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Youth Judge Fights School-to-Prison Pipeline

Just a few years ago, sagging pants and disrupting instruction at school were almost certain to land a kid in front of Jackson County Youth Court Judge Sharon Sigalas. At ...

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Two More Mississippi Universities Furl State Flag

Two more Mississippi universities have stopped flying the state's flag, which prominently features the Confederate battle emblem.