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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 9, 2018

Mississippi juniors taking the ACT saw their scores dip slightly this year, according to data released by the Department of Education Thursday.

Average composite scores for Mississippi juniors who took the test in the spring of 2018 decreased from 18 in 2017 to 17.8 thi...

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...

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 15, 2018

The Mississippi Charter Authorizer Board approved the applications of two new charter schools for the Jackson area and rejected another at its meeting Monday. 

One of the new schools will be the state's first charter school high school, while the other will be a K-8 sch...

October 24, 2017

Last Thursday's Mississippi Supreme Court decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove and 21 school districts was pushed into the background as the state Board of Education approved the newest batch of accountability standings.

It was a game cha...

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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.