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  • Mississippi Board of Education to Seek Bids for State Tests for 2015-2016 Implementation

    2014/11/20 – The Mississippi Board of Education announced today that it will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) in early 2015 for state tests aligned to Mississippi’s college- and career-ready standards for the 2015-2016 school year. The MBE will seek a multi-year contract to secure assessments for grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Math and… Read more

  • NAACP: Moss Point Bus Driver Screamed Racial Slur at Elementary Students, District Investigation Under Way

    2014/11/20 – (MOSS POINT, Mississippi) The Moss Point-Jackson County NAACP is calling for the removal of a Moss Point bus driver after children claim he screamed a racial slur at them on Monday. Local NAACP President Curley H. Clark said the incident occurred on Bus 55, a bus that carried elementary school-aged children. The white… Read more

  • Mississippi Race, Arrest Rates Examined

    2014/11/20 - Across the nation, numbers are showing that more black people are arrested than any other race, even outnumbering by percentage the black population in most areas. FBI census data shows that Mississippi is no different. Of course the number of arrests among blacks is high in places like Jackson where the number of black… Read more

  • Hinds Election Commissioner Admits She Broke Law Before

    2014/11/20 - Hinds County Election Commission Chairwoman Connie Cochran said she has not ordered the required number of ballots for any of the four Hinds County elections since the county reverted to the paper ballot system in 2013. Cochran had already admitted last week to breaking the state law that required her to order enough ballots… Read more

  • Salter: Bryant’s Budget Proposal Reflects Election-Year Sensibilities

    2014/11/19 - (Starkville, MS) - Gov. Phil Bryant presented an executive budget recommendation that addresses some of the thorny issues that he will confront along with the Republican legislative majority, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn. Let’s see, there’s a tax cut plan for low-to-moderate income Mississippians. There’s a pledge to reduce the tax… Read more

  • Jackson NAACP: Hinds Elex Commish Connie Cochran Should Resign

    2014/11/19 - The Jackson branch of the NAACP is calling for the ouster of Connie Cochran, the chairwoman of the Hinds County Election Commission, for problems during the Nov. 4 general election. Some precincts saw unexpectedly high turnout. Some of those polling places ran out of ballots late in the evening, which touched off a mad scramble… Read more

  • Accusations of Voter Suppression Follow Ballot Shortage

    2014/11/18 – (JACKSON, MS) – There is more fallout over the lack of ballots in the Hinds County November 4th elections. One supervisor wants possible legal action. Hinds County supervisor Robert Grahams said Election Commissioner Connie Cochran’s actions were not only negligent but resulted in voter suppression. Candidates in a runoff also expressed frustration. “She… Read more

  • Bryant Proposes Tax Cut ‘for Working Families’

    2014/11/17 – Gov. Phil Bryant released his budget proposal for the next year, which would include a state income tax break for low- to moderate-income families, provided the state economy remains flush. His proposal includes a non-refundable tax credit for families that have a state tax liability, which means, Bryant said, “only those who are… Read more

  • Congressman Wants Hinds Co. Official Charged in Ballot Shortage

    2014/11/17 - WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mississippi News Now)  A Mississippi congressman calls the actions of one Hinds County election official “deceitful and treacherous” because of the county’s ballot shortage in the Nov. 4 general election. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said a letter to the Hinds County district attorney asking why no legal action had been taken against… Read more

  • Gov. Bryant Seeks $79M Tax Cut for Lower Earners

    2014/11/17 –  JACKSON, MS – Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Monday that he wants to cut income taxes for some Mississippians earning less than $53,000 a year as part of his 2016 budget proposal. He estimates the tax reduction will return $78.7 million to about 300,000 households, for an average tax cut of around $250 a… Read more

  • Hinds Election Commissioner Admits She Broke Law Before

    2014/11/20 - Hinds County Election Commission Chairwoman Connie Cochran said she has not ordered the required number of ballots for any of the four Hinds County elections since the county reverted to the paper ballot system in 2013. Cochran had already admitted last week to breaking the state law that required her to order enough ballots… Read more

  • Jackson NAACP: Hinds Elex Commish Connie Cochran Should Resign

    2014/11/19 - The Jackson branch of the NAACP is calling for the ouster of Connie Cochran, the chairwoman of the Hinds County Election Commission, for problems during the Nov. 4 general election. Some precincts saw unexpectedly high turnout. Some of those polling places ran out of ballots late in the evening, which touched off a mad scramble… Read more

  • Accusations of Voter Suppression Follow Ballot Shortage

    2014/11/18 – (JACKSON, MS) – There is more fallout over the lack of ballots in the Hinds County November 4th elections. One supervisor wants possible legal action. Hinds County supervisor Robert Grahams said Election Commissioner Connie Cochran’s actions were not only negligent but resulted in voter suppression. Candidates in a runoff also expressed frustration. “She… Read more

  • Congressman Wants Hinds Co. Official Charged in Ballot Shortage

    2014/11/17 - WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mississippi News Now)  A Mississippi congressman calls the actions of one Hinds County election official “deceitful and treacherous” because of the county’s ballot shortage in the Nov. 4 general election. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said a letter to the Hinds County district attorney asking why no legal action had been taken against… Read more

  • Hinds Needs New Electronic Voting Machines: Our View

    2014/11/13 - Enough is enough. It’s time for Hinds County to stop being obstinate and move to the electronic voting machines that the overwhelming majority of counties in Mississippi use for elections. If anyone has faith that the Hinds County Election Commission can properly conduct elections, we would be astonished. Every time people go to the… Read more

  • A Moral Case Against Voter ID Laws

    2014/11/11 - Like millions of other Americans, I voted last Tuesday. I did not face long lines and there were no barriers to my entry to the polling station. Everyone was quite friendly, and it was a pleasant experience. They were so friendly, in fact, that they even offered a service to voters, advertised by a sign… Read more

  • Election Confirms Difficulties with New Voting Limits

    2014/11/10 – Thousands of voters from across the nation reported problems with voting during this General Election, stemming not only from a rash of restrictive voting laws but also from the administrative deficiencies of an outdated voting system, according to the Election Protection coalition of civil rights groups. “Every election should be a celebration of… Read more

  • 2014 Voter Turnout Was Lowest Since 1942, According to New Data

    2014/11/10 - Midterm elections typically face lower turnout than presidential elections, but 2014 saw the lowest turnout in 72 years. It’s estimated that only a little over a third (36.6%) of eligible voters participated in the 2014 midterm elections, which is the lowest amount to participate since World War II, according to the United States Election Project…. Read more

  • Obama Attorney General Pick: Voter ID Laws Are about Taking Back What Dr. King Won

    2014/11/09 – President Obama’s Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch said that voter ID laws are meant to reverse Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s accomplishments and promised that DOJ lawsuits against “Deep South” states with voter ID laws will continue. Lynch was nominated two days after President Obama’s post-midterm election White House meeting with Al Sharpton,… Read more

  • Mississippi NAACP State Convention and Policy Institute

    2014/11/07 - This year’s conference will take place at theVicksburg Convention Center on November 6-8, 2014, and will address issue policy areas such as education, criminal justice, environmental justice, access to healthcare, workers’ rights, and voting rights.  Community advocates inside and outside the NAACP are encouraged to register now. This year’s convention theme is “All In For Justice & Equality,” and continues the commemoration of Freedom… Read more

  • NAACP: Moss Point Bus Driver Screamed Racial Slur at Elementary Students, District Investigation Under Way

    2014/11/20 – (MOSS POINT, Mississippi) The Moss Point-Jackson County NAACP is calling for the removal of a Moss Point bus driver after children claim he screamed a racial slur at them on Monday. Local NAACP President Curley H. Clark said the incident occurred on Bus 55, a bus that carried elementary school-aged children. The white… Read more

  • Mississippi Race, Arrest Rates Examined

    2014/11/20 - Across the nation, numbers are showing that more black people are arrested than any other race, even outnumbering by percentage the black population in most areas. FBI census data shows that Mississippi is no different. Of course the number of arrests among blacks is high in places like Jackson where the number of black… Read more

  • Hinds Election Commissioner Admits She Broke Law Before

    2014/11/20 - Hinds County Election Commission Chairwoman Connie Cochran said she has not ordered the required number of ballots for any of the four Hinds County elections since the county reverted to the paper ballot system in 2013. Cochran had already admitted last week to breaking the state law that required her to order enough ballots… Read more

  • Salter: Bryant’s Budget Proposal Reflects Election-Year Sensibilities

    2014/11/19 - (Starkville, MS) - Gov. Phil Bryant presented an executive budget recommendation that addresses some of the thorny issues that he will confront along with the Republican legislative majority, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn. Let’s see, there’s a tax cut plan for low-to-moderate income Mississippians. There’s a pledge to reduce the tax… Read more

  • Jackson NAACP: Hinds Elex Commish Connie Cochran Should Resign

    2014/11/19 - The Jackson branch of the NAACP is calling for the ouster of Connie Cochran, the chairwoman of the Hinds County Election Commission, for problems during the Nov. 4 general election. Some precincts saw unexpectedly high turnout. Some of those polling places ran out of ballots late in the evening, which touched off a mad scramble… Read more

  • Accusations of Voter Suppression Follow Ballot Shortage

    2014/11/18 – (JACKSON, MS) – There is more fallout over the lack of ballots in the Hinds County November 4th elections. One supervisor wants possible legal action. Hinds County supervisor Robert Grahams said Election Commissioner Connie Cochran’s actions were not only negligent but resulted in voter suppression. Candidates in a runoff also expressed frustration. “She… Read more

  • Bryant Proposes Tax Cut ‘for Working Families’

    2014/11/17 – Gov. Phil Bryant released his budget proposal for the next year, which would include a state income tax break for low- to moderate-income families, provided the state economy remains flush. His proposal includes a non-refundable tax credit for families that have a state tax liability, which means, Bryant said, “only those who are… Read more

  • Congressman Wants Hinds Co. Official Charged in Ballot Shortage

    2014/11/17 - WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mississippi News Now)  A Mississippi congressman calls the actions of one Hinds County election official “deceitful and treacherous” because of the county’s ballot shortage in the Nov. 4 general election. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said a letter to the Hinds County district attorney asking why no legal action had been taken against… Read more

  • Gov. Bryant Seeks $79M Tax Cut for Lower Earners

    2014/11/17 –  JACKSON, MS – Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Monday that he wants to cut income taxes for some Mississippians earning less than $53,000 a year as part of his 2016 budget proposal. He estimates the tax reduction will return $78.7 million to about 300,000 households, for an average tax cut of around $250 a… Read more

  • Legislators Eye Alternative to School Funding Initiative

    2014/11/16 - Mississippi voters may be faced with two proposed constitutional provisions in November 2015 dealing with the funding of public education. Two key legislators have indicated it is likely there will be an effort to place on the November 2015 ballot an alternative to the school funding initiative being supported by the grassroots Betters Schools,… Read more

  • Mississippi Board of Education to Seek Bids for State Tests for 2015-2016 Implementation

    2014/11/20 – The Mississippi Board of Education announced today that it will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) in early 2015 for state tests aligned to Mississippi’s college- and career-ready standards for the 2015-2016 school year. The MBE will seek a multi-year contract to secure assessments for grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Math and… Read more

  • Legislators Eye Alternative to School Funding Initiative

    2014/11/16 - Mississippi voters may be faced with two proposed constitutional provisions in November 2015 dealing with the funding of public education. Two key legislators have indicated it is likely there will be an effort to place on the November 2015 ballot an alternative to the school funding initiative being supported by the grassroots Betters Schools,… Read more

  • The Long Road to Reform in Mississippi

    2014/11/16 – Year after year, it breaks my heart to see the public education system in my home state of Mississippi repeatedly scoring so low in education rankings, particularly when it comes to students in a viscous cycle of underachievement. As an educator, it makes me disheartened to know that as a whole, public schools… Read more

  • Alcorn State University NAACP Sponsors the “I AM MIKE BROWN” Walk

    2014/11/14 – The Alcorn State University NAACP chapter is sponsoring the “I AM MIKE BROWN” walk on November 17, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. The walk will be held on the campus of Alcorn State University and will begin at the James Boldin Campus Union. The walk is open to everyone. There will also be NAACP… Read more

  • After Criticism, White House Announces Efforts for Girls of Color

    2014/11/13 - It appears the White House has heard the cries of some civil rights advocates who’ve argued that its My Brother’s Keeper efforts focus too narrowly on boys of color, ignoring the often equally pressing challenges faced by black, Latina, and other minority girls. The White House released a report today called ”Women and Girls of… Read more

  • SC Supreme Court Rules in School Districts’ Favor

    2014/11/13 - (COLUMBIA, S.C.) A divided South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday for poor, rural school districts in a 21-year-old education funding lawsuit, saying legislators have failed to ensure that students receive the opportunity to succeed. The long-awaited 3-2 ruling directs legislators and school district officials to work together to solve the state’s “constitutional deficiency.” It says the… Read more

  • How to Save Teachers from Burning out, Dropping out and Other Hazards of Experience

    2014/11/13 – An abundance of recent books, research and headlines present growing evidence that our nation’s schools can and must do a better job of preparing teachers for the experiences they’ll face in the classroom. They show that if educators really knew how to address the challenges of teaching in high poverty areas, they would… Read more

  • Can Charter and District School Officials Find Common Ground?

    2014/11/13 – Students work on a boat engine at the Riviera Beach Maritime Academy Oct. 13, 2014 in Riviera Beach. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post) New charter schools don’t always make it. When they fail, for academic or financial reasons, they tend to take taxpayer funds with them, pushing the children back into the… Read more

  • What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do About It

    Below is an infographic that shows just how much people struggle with poverty today. It turns out that those living below the poverty line are three times more likely to develop mental illness than those living above the poverty line.

  • Mississippi NAACP State Convention and Policy Institute

    2014/11/07 - This year’s conference will take place at theVicksburg Convention Center on November 6-8, 2014, and will address issue policy areas such as education, criminal justice, environmental justice, access to healthcare, workers’ rights, and voting rights.  Community advocates inside and outside the NAACP are encouraged to register now. This year’s convention theme is “All In For Justice & Equality,” and continues the commemoration of Freedom… Read more

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