A good education ‘by any means necessary

July 30, 2015 in Education, Opinion

By Kevin Chavous  Executive Counsel American Federation for Children At age 6, Mical spent the majority of his first school year kicked out of class for behavioral issues, including angry and […]

Study: College completion gap between rich, poor widens

February 3, 2015 in Education

By CHRISTINE ARMARIO LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gap in bachelor-degree attainment between the nation’s richest and poorest students by age 24 has doubled during the last four decades, according to […]

The Way Forward for Black Students

January 5, 2015 in Education, Opinion

By Honorable Peter C. Groff  For good reasons many African Americans have wonderful memories of their time in public schools. Among those recollections are the family and community legacies, the […]

Civil rights activist wants to strengthen U.S. voting rights, education

February 7, 2014 in News

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Longtime civil rights activist Bob Moses says the United States needs a firmer commitment to voting rights and education, and he’s challenging young people to embrace […]

Mississippi Board of Education approves $2 million in preschool grants to 11 groups

December 23, 2013 in Education, News

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi education officials have awarded $2 million to 11 groups to provide preschool for 4-year-olds. It’s Mississippi’s first use of state money to pay for prekindergarten […]

AP analysis: Education, government finances tightly linked as evidenced by state’s bond rating

November 13, 2013 in Business, Education, News

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Grab the nearest kindergartner and tell her this: Stay in school and study hard because Mississippi’s long-term economic outlook depends on you. If you slack off […]

Hinds County judge blocks state takeover of LeFlore County schools

October 2, 2013 in Education, News, Top Stories

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd has blocked the state’s takeover of the Leflore County school district.

Kidd ruled Monday that the district is owed a formal hearing before the state can depose the current superintendent and school board.

The state has said it used another section of state law and no formal hearing was required before the governor declared a state of emergency. Gov. Phil Bryant declared an emergency in Leflore County Sept. 17, the same day Kidd first stepped in…

Education chief: Maybe start school later in day

September 6, 2013 in Education, News, Top Stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — A later start to the school day could help teenagers get the most from their classroom time and local districts should consider delaying the first bell, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday.

School districts would still be free to set their own start times, Duncan insisted in a broadcast interview, but he pointed to research that backs up his comments that rested students are ready students. Duncan said he would not be telling local school leaders when their first bells should ring and said it was up to local leaders to make the decisions on their own….