State of Our Schools

(NOTE: The State of Our Schools series has a new landing page:

This post contains links for all of December’s stories)

Today, we ran the first installment in what will be an ongoing Daily Journal series about Mississippi’s public schools, their performance and the factors that affect it, and the policy debate over how to improve the system.

Our aim is to look at those factors to help illuminate that debate as the state’s Legislature focuses on school reform. We will eventually have an Internet landing page dedicated to this series. That and this blog will serve as places where you can share your thoughts and continue the conversation.

Today’s stories provide an overview of the history leading up to this point, including passage of the historic Education Reform Act 30 years ago this week. Monday’s stories will focus on major education initiatives since then. Subsequent installments will appear at least monthly, beginning in January.

We will look at such topics as literacy education, teacher preparation and the impacts of poverty, race, re-segregation and family structure/teen pregnancy, among other topics. We’ll also explore the state’s achievement gaps and the need for expanded pre-K education.

Here are links to all of today’s stories. Please join the conversation by posting below.

SUNDAY, Dec. 16, 2012

A new wave of reform? 30 years after historic effort, state’s schools still lag


EDITORIAL: The Education Reform Act of 1982 raised our vision

BLOG: Legacy of the Education Reform Act

MONDAY, Dec. 17, 2012

’82 act didn’t end education push

MAEP designed to level the field

Subcommittee drama saved MAEP

EDITORIAL: MAEP a critical education milestone