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The Steep Price of Summer Slide

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

Editorial

Have a Little Fun, Why Don’t You?

It's easy to fall into the trap of viewing Jackson, the metro area and Mississippi as a place where nothing will ever change, where there's nothing to do. But just ...

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Why ‘Black Lives Matter’ Matters

It's a very serious assertion that the country needs to value the lives of non-white people as highly as it values those of whites. Likewise, it needs to value the ...

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New Millennial Passing

Bigotry is bigotry. Certain things shouldn't be tolerated, but allowing the speech promotes dialogue, which could shed light on the hate. Logical thinking will bring such ideologies to their knees ...

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On Punishment

An attorney friend put it best when she told me that equality and progress can't just mean taking the same broken system that victimizes black and brown folks and applying ...

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Othering and Belonging

Building communities of belonging requires conscious engagement. It starts when you reflect on these three questions: 1) Where do I other? 2) What does it look and feel like? 3) ...

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No Justice, No Peace

Mr. Announcer: "In the ghetto criminal-justice system, the people are represented by members of the newly established Ghetto Science Community Peace Keeping Unit."

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Stinker Quote of the Week: 'Behaved'

What is this nonsense about Mississippians being "better behaved" than people in Baltimore? The underlying sentiment of Bryant's remark seems to be that the power structure here has sufficiently crushed ...

Editorial

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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From Affleck to Baltimore: Sh*t Our Ancestors Did

Forget a "sagging feeling"—it's a gut-punch to discover you descend from a slave owner or plantation overseer, especially when your relatives have laughed off such a notion your whole life, ...

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Drafted by Mississippi

In July 1992, I was born at Baptist Memorial in Southaven, Miss. From the moment I took my first breath at 8:41 a.m. to the present, I have been a ...

Editorial

Tax Commish Owes City Deference, Mayor Owes it to Council

After the Legislature passed a bill in 2009 empowering Jackson to hold a referendum on whether to impose a 1-percent sales tax on certain goods, then-Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. was ...

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Freddie Gray Death Highlights Lead Poisoning Crisis

Lead absorption at any rate can cause harm to a child. Lead exposure can affect IQ, focus, memory and academic achievement.

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Trouble in Mississippi

Look at Mississippi under Republican grass-eater rule in both the governor's mansion and state Legislature. A lopsided tax system that favors corporations and the rich has contributed to one of ...

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My Generation Doesn’t Give Up Easily

All jokes aside, millennials arguably have it harder than any generation before us.

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The Cost of Living in the Ghetto

Miss Doodle Mae: "Jojo surprised the staff today. During the monthly staff-appreciation morning meeting, he announced that all part-time and full-time staff of Jojo's Discount Dollar Store would receive a ...

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Stinker Quote of the Week: 'Salt-and-Pepper'

We can't remember too many times Barbour so loudly told fellow Republicans to embrace diversity with in its ranks, and he helped birth the divisive "southern (race) strategy" of targeting ...

Editorial

School Funding Trickery Hurts Future Generations

Believe it or not, the Mississippi Legislature's refusal to adequately fund public schools and its attempt to derail a proposed constitutional amendment to require such funding isn't about differing philosophies ...

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What I Don’t Need from Men

What exactly is a "consciously awake woman," and why exactly do you want to be one? The writer, Kelly Marceau, says the key to being consciously awake is self-awareness.

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Punishing Children for the Sins of their Legislators

Our children have been set up to fail, based largely on lack of funding, a stalwart position of the Bryant administration.

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