Does poverty or near-poverty affect public schools’ students academic performance?

The Southern Education Foundation this month released new facts about public schools in Mississippi, the South and nation, all related to growth of low-income students into a larger majority of the enrollment nationwide, including Mississippi and especially all other Southern states. Most compelling but not surprising is Mississippi’s position as the highest percentage of low-income […]

It took a year, but Tommy Williams got an answer: He was right. In the view of the Mississippi Ethics Commission, the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors was not acting legally when members broke into small groups to strategize about an upcoming bond issue. The Meridian Star quoted Williams – a resident of the Marion […]

President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address is remembered today mainly for this bit of rhetorical irony: “America must move off a permanent war footing.” It was the triumph of speechwriting over experience. Obama’s pledge came about three weeks after the fall of Fallujah to the Islamic State. By June, Mosul would be […]

Does equalizing educational opportunity for all children constitute a civil rights issue?

Martin Luther King Jr., whose national holiday observance is today, was a leader who recognized the holistic nature of freedom and justice. It did little good, King understood, for blacks to be able to eat at the same lunch counter as whites if they could not afford the price of lunch. It was insufficient, he […]

I like to think of it as the day that Mississippi taxpayers were told that with a little faith and an investment in new technology, we could turn kudzu into gold. Black gold, Texas Tea, you know the rest of the song. Back in 2010, it took only a one-day special session of the Mississippi […]


IHL Commissioner Hank Bounds has accepted the job as president of the University of Nebraska system. Eric Clark, executive director of the Mississippi Community College system, has announced he will retire this year. So both the IHL Board of Trustees and the Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB) find themselves seeking new leaders. The IHL Board […]

Journal criticized for school coverage In 1787, the British parliamentarian Edmund Burke was claimed to have said of the press, according to Thomas Carlyle, that “…there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporters’ Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate more important far than they all.” At this time, the press was making […]