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Finding young writers. Taking Them to New Levels!

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A new grass-roots writing initiative identifies talented young writers and gives them the same "select" opportunity that their peers in sports and music have. The results are already are great and the plans for growth statewide are big. 

November 14, 2018

When public school advocates talk about schools being underfunded in Mississippi, they cite how the state's funding formula, the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, has only been fully funded twice in its 20-plus years.

What they're not telling you is that the MAEP...

November 6, 2018

Mississippi fourth and eighth grade students have made big improvements in the last 12 years on a key standardized test that measures academic performance, but they still lag behind the national average.

The Magnolia State was one of the nation's leaders in sc...

November 2, 2018

Despite more money being spent on K-12 education nearly every year by taxpayers, Mississippi students continue to struggle with the ACT test as compared to their peers nationally.

Mississippi was ranked third from the bottom among the 20 states where 100 percent of all...

August 6, 2018

The Jackson Public School District is spending only an average of 43 percent on instruction-related costs over the last decade, according to an analysis of records by Mississippi Matters. 

Top school districts in Mississippi are spending up to 70 percent on in...

January 23, 2018

Gov. Phil Bryant said school choice was all about breaking down walls — using the stories of Joshua at the walls of Jericho and the Berlin Wall — to illustrate his point. 

The Republican-led Mississippi Legislature is aiming to break down more walls with schoo...

December 29, 2017

The Mississippi Legislature will start its annual session on January 2 and plenty of issues will likely be considered during the three-month session. Among the issues to be considered include a rewrite of the state's K-12 education funding formula, expansion of the sta...

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Confused and frustrated by others and his state, Horace Benbow in William Faulkner’s 

Sanctuary says, “I need a change. Either I, or Mississippi, one.”

     Do we sometimes feel like Horace? We love our state, but it confounds us.     

      Mississippimatters' creative co-op of writers, videographers and thinkers invites wrestling with such tensions.

     MM won't cover much breaking news. Instead, it will reflect, suggest  and chat.

     Some entries will be a bit deeper. We will feature investigative articles other publications avoid. Lots of lighthearted ideas will be tossed in about enjoyable people, places and things. Expect an eclectic mix.

      If we're easily pegged politically or socially, we need to do better. Let us know.

     Some contributors have "extra" degrees, others are "degree-less." All can write; they care and dare to share their hearts and minds (and they can turn a phrase).

    Our writers come from unlikely places. We think some of the best thinkers use a wrench. not a pen. 

     Some of our "takes" may upset you.Thanks for feeling! Some may prop up your opinions. We hope to prompt banter at water coolers, coffee shops and family tables.

     It’s so true—we in the Magnolia State often feel like Horace Benbow. Faulkner tapped into us. 

     How about us doing some head-scratching together?  

     Let’s laugh, muse and talk. After all, Mississippi Matters. 

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MississippiMatters is a news blog of cooperative writers, videographers and podcasters published by  The Well Writers Guild, a 501c3 devoted to mentoring Mississippi writers and to addressing uncovered or under-covered topics.  MississippiMatters focuses on offering creative "takes" on our state's culture, ideas, events and more.