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Poverty the Strongest Factor in Whether High School Graduates Go to College

2014/10/14 – Students from high-poverty public schools are less likely to attend college than those from wealthier ones, regardless of whether they’re from urban, suburban or rural areas. A report released Tuesday by the research branch of the nonprofit National Student Clearinghouse, which examined data from more than 3.5 million high school graduates, found that… Read more

Head of 50 Million Member Worker Federation Condemns Nissan for Attacking Workers’ Rights in Mississippi

2014/10/10 – (Canton, MS) While meeting with Mississippi Nissan workers who have faced threats from company management of plant closure and job loss in response to their union organization effort,IndustriALL General Secretary Jyrki Raina rebuked Nissan for disrespecting workers’ rights in the U.S. Raina is in Mississippi leading a delegation of ranking trade union leaders from… Read more

With 188K Signatures, Fair Funding Initiative Goes on the MS Ballot

2014/10/09 – After collecting more than 188,000 signatures, organizers in Mississippi have won a place on the state’s November 2015 ballot for a fair school funding initiative. The Better Schools, Better Jobs campaign is hoping to use the ballot initiative to pass a constitutional amendment that would force the state Legislature to adequately fund the state’s public schools. From The… Read more

NAACP Launches Probe of Pascagoula Man’s Jailhouse Death

2014/10/09 – (Jackson County) The NAACP has launched an inquiry regarding the alleged hanging of a Pascagoula man in police custody, said the organization’s president, Curley Clark. Daryl Peoples, 51, of Pascagoula, was reported to have hanged himself between 9:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. in the Jackson County Adult Detention Center jon Monday night or Tuesday morning. He’d been arrested by Pascagoula… Read more

Global Auto Union Leaders to Meet With Nissan and Kelly Workers in Canton, Mississippi

2014/10/09 - (CANTON) A delegation of senior-level trade union leaders from around the globe will travel to Canton, Mississippi, to meet with Nissan workers and community leaders Oct. 9-10 to learn more about working conditions at Nissan and reported violations of international labor rights standards. For years, workers have weathered an environment of intimidation and implied… Read more

Hood Asks Judge to Throw Out School Funding Suit

2014/10/08 - JACKSON, MS (AP) — Attorney General Jim Hood is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by 21 school districts that argues Mississippi owes them $230 million in education aid and demands an end to future shortfalls. In papers filed Tuesday in Hinds County Chancery Court, Hood’s office wrote that even though a 2006 law says Mississippi’s school… Read more

Hate Your Politician? Help the NAACP Help You

2014/10/03 – It’s an understatement to say people are displeased with their Congress.  A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll revealed that despite having obliterated the economy in 2008, leaving thousands of Americans jobless, even Wall Street is still, somehow, more popular than Congress. The poll revealed that even though only 21% of Americans have a favorable… Read more

Third-Year Scores from Common-Core Tests Released by Kentucky

2014/10/03 – Kentucky has released scores from last year’s reading and math assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The 2013-14 school year was the third year the Bluegrass State has assessed students on tests, called K-PREP, that are aligned to the common standards. So what are the results? The short answer is that elementary school students… Read more

Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit

2014/10/03 – Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recently released an exciting new resource for policymakers and community leaders in rural America. The toolkit, Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention, provides a comprehensive menu of policy options to promote healthy eating and active living in rural towns, counties, tribal lands, and… Read more