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Mississippi Murder Charge Against Pregnant Teen Dismissed

2014/04/04 – Yesterday, April 3, 2014, Mississippi Lowndes County Circuit Judge, Jim Kitchens, dismissed the murder charge against Rennie Gibbs. Ms. Gibbs, now 24, was charged with “depraved heart” murder after experiencing a stillbirth at 36 weeks of pregnancy. She was then only 16 years old. Relying on the medical examiner’s report in Ms. Gibbs’… Read more

ACT-SO Students Prepare for Nationals in Las Vegas

2014/03/26 –  Eight students from Central Mississippi are heading to the Entertainment Capitol of the World for their chance to compete in the National ACT-SO Competition July 17-20, 2014 during the National NAACP Convention.  Five Jackson Public School students, one student from Yazoo City and Pearl High Schools, and one student from the Mississippi School… Read more

Schools Woefully Unprepared for Common Core

2014/03/24 – Mississippi legislators and the Mississippi Department of Education are making big plans to align Mississippi students behind a new national education standard this year.  Unfortunately, the same state leaders are sticking to the equally longstanding Mississippi tradition of cutting the endeavor off at its knees. “Although we agree that there needs to be… Read more

State’s Teacher Incentives System Undermines Poor School Districts

2014/03/13 - School leaders say a state program geared to steer teachers to anemic school districts suffering devastating teacher shortages is getting abused by affluent districts to fill their already swelling ranks. “The way it looks on paper, only 30-percent of the teachers that are eligible to go into critical shortage areas and benefit from these… Read more

Black Family Summit Emphasizes Black Male Presence in MS & Honors the Legacy of Mayor Lumumba

2014/03/06 - You are invited to the second annual Black Family Summit during March 18‐19, 2014 at the Mississippi e‐Center at Jackson State University.  This year’s theme is “Reclaiming, Restoring, and Preserving the Black Male Presence in Mississippi.”  The Summit will feature discussions on the Influence of Grandfathers on Family Stability, Beyond the Ballgame: Athletes and… Read more

Legislature Lays Egg, then Scrambles It A Review of SB 2681: Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act

2014/03/06 – Mississippi barely saved itself from a monster.  It happened hours before Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer caved to pressure and shot down an infamous “freedom to discriminate” bill designed to give legal protection to business owners who refuse service to customers they find religiously offensive.  Brewer caved after a volley of threats from the… Read more