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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. 

October 16, 2018

Nearly one quarter of Mississippi students enrolled in public schools are attending one that received a failing grade.

According to an examination of data from the 2017 accountability grades issued by the Mississippi Department of Education and enrollment numbers, 24.57...

October 11, 2018

The Mississippi Department of Education released its annual accountability scores Thursday and schools in Jackson — either from the Jackson Public School District or the three charter schools — largely struggled to make the grade.

The Mississippi State Board of Educatio...

August 7, 2018

Today voters in Jackson will be going to the polls to decide whether to approve a $65 million bond issue to help the Jackson Public School District with its maintenance woes. 

Here are five reasons why Jackson voters should reject the bond issue:

It's a Tax increase

The b...

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...

August 3, 2018

Mississippi Matters strives to offer a wide range of ideas and voices. As someone who works with leaders from all backgrounds, Ronnie Crudup is a respected leader in Jackson and Mississippi. While we all hold opinions about Jackson Public Schools, we hope folks will li...

August 2, 2018

According to records obtained by Mississippi Matters, the Jackson Public School District funded building improvements, maintenance and operations (utility bills and other non-maintenance costs) at a rate of slightly more than three percent annually over the last decade...

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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.