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  • Justice Department Cites Hinds County Over Jail Conditions

    2015/05/22 - JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Federal officials say faltering efforts to improve conditions at Hinds County’s two jails have been far inadequate to overcome decrepit physical conditions, rampant violence and poor staffing. The U.S. Department of Justice, in a 29-page letter issued Thursday to county officials, says conditions violate the U.S. Constitution because threat of… Read more

  • Mississippi Education Agency to Tweak State Standards

    2015/05/22 - The Mississippi Department of Education will seek public input on the controversial Common Core State Standards it adopted five years ago in an effort to improve them. Starting next month, the agency will make available a website where individuals can comment on each one of the academic standards. The site will be accessible from… Read more

  • Six Baltimore Officers Indicted in Death of Freddie Gray

    A grand jury in Baltimore has indicted the six police officers charged in the arrest of Freddie Gray, who died April 19 after being injured while in police custody, the state’s attorney for Baltimore City, Marilyn J. Mosby, said Thursday. The charges returned by the grand jury were similar to the charges Ms. Mosby announced about three… Read more

  • Arrests Fall, Murder Booms in Baltimore

    2015/5/21-Murders in one part of town are up 200 percent, shootings 800 percent, but police are locking up fewer people. Baltimore logged its 100th murder of the year on Thursday morning, hitting the milestone after recording more than a murder per day in the month following Freddie Gray’s death. The massive increase in homicide, shootings,… Read more

  • White House Ban On Militarized Gear For Police May Mean Little

    2015/5/21-When riots erupted last fall on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., police in riot gear fanned out armed with assault rifles and armored vehicles made for the battlefield. Analysts said at the time it was just another symptom of the continued militarization of local police forces. This week, the White House announced a series of… Read more

  • Winning One for the Future in Mississippi

    2015/05/21 - We know all too well about misdirection, misinformation, misappropriation and missed opportunity in Mississippi. The political boss hogs feed at the trough at the expense of our future. Initiative 42 can change this. Does anyone question the right of all children in Mississippi to a free and adequate public education? Basic, essential needs must… Read more

  • People In Poor Communities Are More Likely To Lose Eyesight

    2015/5/21-Vision loss and blindness can be devastating, isolating people and increasing their risk of illness and death. And that burden falls hardest on people in poor communities, especially in the South. More than three quarters of the counties with the highest rates of severe vision loss are in the South, according to an analysis published Thursday in Morbidity… Read more

  • DOJ: Hinds County Jails ‘in Crisis’

    2015/05/21 - The DOJ released a 29-page report Thursday detailing systemic deficiencies which contribute to serious harm and risk of harm at the jail facilities. The Department of Justice has found that Hinds County’s jail facilities are “facilities in crisis.” According to the DOJ findings, they have failed to protect prisoners from violence by other prisoners… Read more

  • Obama Draws Line Between Racial Segregation of the Past and Class Segregation Today

    2015/05/21 - Washington – (CNN) - More than a week after streets in Baltimore erupted in violence, President Barack Obama attempted on Tuesday to pinpoint the roots of the unrest there, which he says include a lack of opportunity for inner-city youth and laws that make it difficult to escape a cycle of crime. Joining prominent policy… Read more

  • Of Bikers and Thugs (Op-Ed)

    2015/5/21-On Sunday, there was a deadly biker gang fight and massacre in Waco, Tex. Nine people were killed, and 18 others were injured. “About 170 bikers were charged with engaging in organized crime linked to capital murder,” The New York Times reported. According to The Waco Tribune-Herald, “officials have found 1,000 weapons tucked into kitchen areas, vehicles… Read more

  • Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

    2015/05/19 - The nation’s second-largest city voted on Tuesday to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, in what is perhaps the most significant victory so far in the national push to raise the minimum wage. The increase — which the Los Angeles City Council passed in a 14-1 vote — comes as… Read more

  • Email: Elected Official Uses Office Staff to Campaign

    2015/05/13 - An anonymous email to Hinds County officials accuses elected official of using his office and staff in his reelection campaign. An anonymous email to Hinds County officials accusing an elected official of using his office and employees to campaign for reelection has prompted a resolution from the Board of Supervisors to all county officials… Read more

  • Democrats Celebrate U.S. House, Biloxi Mayoral Election Results

    2015/05/13 - Mississippi Democratic leaders today are celebrating a Tuesday-night victory by Walter Zinn Jr. in the first round of the north Mississippi U.S. House race, in a district considered staunchly Republican. They were also celebrating results of the Biloxi special mayoral runoff, where a former longtime Democrat – now Republican — beat out a candidate… Read more

  • Voter Turnout Low in North Miss. Congressional Race

    2015/05/12 - So far, voters in north Mississippi are trickling into the polls to cast ballots in a special election to fill the seat vacated by Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee, who died of brain cancer in February. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says there’s been an alarmingly low turnout for the election in which 13 people… Read more

  • Metro Voters and Electronic Polling Books

    2015/05/12 - Hinds County will have roughly 230 precincts for Democratic and Republican primaries in August, but only has 165 electronic polling books on hand.  Hinds County will have roughly 230 precincts for Democratic and Republican primaries in August, but only has 165 electronic polling books. “When they purchased new voting machines, we received 165 electronic… Read more

  • North, South Mississippi Have Big Elections Today

    2015/05/12 - There are two big elections today, a special election in north Mississippi to replace the late U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee and in Biloxi to replace longtime Mayor A.J. Holloway, who resigned. The First District congressional race has a field of 13 candidates, and today’s vote is expected to result in a runoff, which would… Read more

  • The Freddie Grays of West Baltimore Who Can’t Vote

    2015/05/06 - The nearly two weeks of protest in Baltimore—which culminated last Friday when the city’s prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, charged the six police officers involved in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray—brought a spotlight to the intense troubles faced by the residents of the West Baltimore neighborhoods where Gray lived. These neighborhoods, overwhelmingly African American, have incredibly… Read more

  • 50 Years After Voting Rights Act, Activists Mentor ‘Black Lives Matter’ Generation

    2015/05/01 - Fifty years ago, college students Charles Cobb and Judy Richardson marched to outlaw discrimination during one of the most turbulent times in the nation’s history. “Mostly when people think of the Southern civil rights movement, they think of mass protest in public spaces led by charismatic leaders — probably Martin Luther King is the… Read more

  • Supreme Court Deals Blow to Voter ID Foes

    2015/03/23 - The high court allowed Wisconsin’s voter ID law to stand while challenges to similar laws in other states continue.  The Supreme Court on Monday refused to take a case considering Wisconsin’s voter ID law, a major setback for civil rights groups that comes on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the Selma, Alabama,… Read more

  • Obama: Maybe it’s Time for Mandatory Voting

    2015/03/19 – (CNN) The president whose major policy achievement is mandatory health insurance thinks maybe voting should be mandatory, too. Asked how to offset the influence of big money in politics, President Barack Obama suggested it’s time to make voting a requirement. “Other countries have mandatory voting,” Obama said Wednesday in Cleveland, where he spoke about… Read more

  • Miss. Lawmakers Submit Arguments in School Funding Ballot Fight

    2015/05/22 - Republican legislative leaders are asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to restore the original description for one of the two school funding amendments on the November ballot. In papers filed Friday, attorneys for legislative leaders say a circuit judge had no authority to rewrite the description for Initiative 42-A, which legislators put on the ballot… Read more

  • Justice Department Cites Hinds County Over Jail Conditions

    2015/05/22 - JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Federal officials say faltering efforts to improve conditions at Hinds County’s two jails have been far inadequate to overcome decrepit physical conditions, rampant violence and poor staffing. The U.S. Department of Justice, in a 29-page letter issued Thursday to county officials, says conditions violate the U.S. Constitution because threat of… Read more

  • Mississippi Education Agency to Tweak State Standards

    2015/05/22 - The Mississippi Department of Education will seek public input on the controversial Common Core State Standards it adopted five years ago in an effort to improve them. Starting next month, the agency will make available a website where individuals can comment on each one of the academic standards. The site will be accessible from… Read more

  • Education Officials Axe Exam in Hopes of More Graduates

    2015/05/21 - Thousands of high school seniors in Mississippi are starting to receive their diplomas. But according to the state Department of Education, nearly one-in-four public school students fail to graduate. Education officials have eliminated one of the state’s requirements for graduation as a way to raise graduation rates. For nearly three decades, students have been… Read more

  • Winning One for the Future in Mississippi

    2015/05/21 - We know all too well about misdirection, misinformation, misappropriation and missed opportunity in Mississippi. The political boss hogs feed at the trough at the expense of our future. Initiative 42 can change this. Does anyone question the right of all children in Mississippi to a free and adequate public education? Basic, essential needs must… Read more

  • People In Poor Communities Are More Likely To Lose Eyesight

    2015/5/21-Vision loss and blindness can be devastating, isolating people and increasing their risk of illness and death. And that burden falls hardest on people in poor communities, especially in the South. More than three quarters of the counties with the highest rates of severe vision loss are in the South, according to an analysis published Thursday in Morbidity… Read more

  • DOJ: Hinds County Jails ‘in Crisis’

    2015/05/21 - The DOJ released a 29-page report Thursday detailing systemic deficiencies which contribute to serious harm and risk of harm at the jail facilities. The Department of Justice has found that Hinds County’s jail facilities are “facilities in crisis.” According to the DOJ findings, they have failed to protect prisoners from violence by other prisoners… Read more

  • Mississippi Kindergartners Make Reading Gains

    2015/05/21 - Mississippi kindergartners improved their reading skills since fall, according to the results of the first statewide assessment measuring growth from fall to spring. More than 40,000 kindergartners took the STAR Early Literacy test in October and again in May. Their average scores jumped from 501 on the first assessment to 680 seven months later,… Read more

  • Clarksdale Grows Weary of Lingering Cheating Probe

    2015/05/20 – Records show MDE payments made to Caveon for Clarksdale investigation ended in January.  For the past year, the Clarksdale Municipal School District has operated under a shadow of suspicion cast by claims of widespread cheating first revealed by The Clarion-Ledger and confirmed by a preliminary state investigation. The investigation initially was to end… Read more

  • Mississippi Strongly Supports Healthy School Meals

    2015/05/20 - Mississippi’s support of strict national school-lunch nutrition standards ranks higher than the national average despite persistent claims they leave kids hungry or dissatisfied, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project. Eight out of 10 Mississippi voters favor the National School Lunch Program’s enhanced nutritional guidelines, which went… Read more

  • Miss. Lawmakers Submit Arguments in School Funding Ballot Fight

    2015/05/22 - Republican legislative leaders are asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to restore the original description for one of the two school funding amendments on the November ballot. In papers filed Friday, attorneys for legislative leaders say a circuit judge had no authority to rewrite the description for Initiative 42-A, which legislators put on the ballot… Read more

  • Mississippi Education Agency to Tweak State Standards

    2015/05/22 - The Mississippi Department of Education will seek public input on the controversial Common Core State Standards it adopted five years ago in an effort to improve them. Starting next month, the agency will make available a website where individuals can comment on each one of the academic standards. The site will be accessible from… Read more

  • Education Officials Axe Exam in Hopes of More Graduates

    2015/05/21 - Thousands of high school seniors in Mississippi are starting to receive their diplomas. But according to the state Department of Education, nearly one-in-four public school students fail to graduate. Education officials have eliminated one of the state’s requirements for graduation as a way to raise graduation rates. For nearly three decades, students have been… Read more

  • Winning One for the Future in Mississippi

    2015/05/21 - We know all too well about misdirection, misinformation, misappropriation and missed opportunity in Mississippi. The political boss hogs feed at the trough at the expense of our future. Initiative 42 can change this. Does anyone question the right of all children in Mississippi to a free and adequate public education? Basic, essential needs must… Read more

  • Mississippi Kindergartners Make Reading Gains

    2015/05/21 - Mississippi kindergartners improved their reading skills since fall, according to the results of the first statewide assessment measuring growth from fall to spring. More than 40,000 kindergartners took the STAR Early Literacy test in October and again in May. Their average scores jumped from 501 on the first assessment to 680 seven months later,… Read more

  • JPS Awards Superintendent New 4-Year Contract

    2015/05/20 - Jackson Public School board members on Tuesday voted for a new four-year contract for Superintendent Cedrick Gray. The board had extended Gray’s existing three-year contract last month for another year, but board members believed a longer-term contract was in order, officials said. “Soon after we extended the contract, the superintendent talked to me about… Read more

  • Witnesses: School Nurse Yells Profanity, Racial Slur at 6th Grader

    2015/5/20-Students are accusing a school nurse of using profanity and a racial slur against a sixth-grader in the cafeteria. In witness statements, six children and three adults described what happened after 11-year-old Jason Ezzard and another boy threw a bag of chips back and forth at Mundy’s Mill Middle School. Citing privacy concerns, Clayton County… Read more

  • Clarksdale Grows Weary of Lingering Cheating Probe

    2015/05/20 – Records show MDE payments made to Caveon for Clarksdale investigation ended in January.  For the past year, the Clarksdale Municipal School District has operated under a shadow of suspicion cast by claims of widespread cheating first revealed by The Clarion-Ledger and confirmed by a preliminary state investigation. The investigation initially was to end… Read more

  • Poverty, Family Stress Are Thwarting Student Success, Top Teachers Say

    2015/5/20-The greatest barriers to school success for K-12 students have little to do with anything that goes on in the classroom, according to the nation’s top teachers: It is family stress, followed by poverty, and learning and psychological problems. Those were the factors named in a survey of the 2015 state Teachers of the Year,… Read more

  • Judge to Weigh Desegregation Options for Cleveland Schools

    2015/05/19 - GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — 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 one Mississippi school district must do to comply with that ruling. The U.S. Department of Justice and private plaintiffs told… Read more

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