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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...

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...

March 1, 2018

A rewrite of Mississippi's K-12 funding formula won't be passed by the Legislature after the Senate killed the bill Thursday by sending the bill back to the Education Committee.

Since the deadline for committee action on general bills has past, the bill died. 

House Bil...

February 12, 2018

Thursday was the deadline in the Mississippi Legislature for floor action (either an up or down vote or a motion to consider) general bills by the originating chamber and several bills, such as the expansion of the state's Education Scholarship Program, died without a...

January 24, 2018

With Tuesday's deadline for bills to pass out of committees for consideration by the whole originating chamber, here are some of the more important bills being considered in the Mississippi Legislature:

The Good
HB 98 would authorize direct sales and shipments of wine t...

January 19, 2018

Mississippi school districts with declining enrollment will lose state funds under a proposed K-12 education funding formula, according to an analysis of data by the Mississippi Independent.

Most of the state's 142 school districts would gain more funds under the new fo...

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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.