‘State of Our Schools’ looks at poverty, family structure

Mississippi has long been the poorest state in the nation and its schools the lowest-performing. There’s a direct correlation between the two.

Family structure and poverty are connected as well, and Mississippi has the highest incidence of births to unmarried mothers and the second highest teen birth rate in the nation. These conditions help perpetuate the cycle of poverty.

On Sunday, the Daily Journal begins the latest installment of our ongoing series “The State of Our Schools” with a week-long examination of these factors as they relate to Mississippi’s school performance. We’ll assess the problems and discuss what can be done to better educate Mississippi’s disproportionate share of disadvantaged children.

Look for the series each day next week.