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Youth Caught in Crosshairs of Cycles of Gun Violence. Is Anybody Listening?

JACKSON, Miss. — Cassio Batteast, a community advocate in Jackson, recently sat down with 20 of the students in the local school district who were causing the most trouble.

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Selective funding leaves public schools in the hole

Throughout its history, Mississippi policymakers have fought against the education of those who didn’t belong to their “club”.

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63 years after Brown, segregated classrooms persist in one Mississippi school district

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. — More than six decades after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled segregated schools unconstitutional, one Mississippi school district has largely segregated classrooms — some all-black, some majority white.

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Public School Funding: War of Attrition

 As Thomas' fouth-grade class goes over a play they're recently read and acted out, Thomas stays close to help students if needed.

Shining Light. Exposing Darkness.

Formed in 2018, the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting is a nonprofit news organization that seeks to empower citizens in their communities by holding public officials accountable. Led by award-winning investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell, the Center reports on such issues as education, the criminal justice system, prisons and public corruption. Through this work, the Center empowers Mississippians, helping them ensure that our public meetings and records stay public and that our democracy works as intended.