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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. 

March 8, 2018

The office of Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering released the state's annual comprehensive financial report for 2017 on Wednesday. 

Here are five takeaways from the report:

State tax revenues on the uptick

Most state tax revenues have increased in the last 10 years, ac...

March 6, 2018

A rewrite of Mississippi's K-12 funding formula was killed in the Senate last week, with eight senators allying with Democrats to kill the measure. 

An analysis of data supplied from formula designer EdBuild reveals that only one of the eight GOP senators who voted...

February 13, 2018

Mississippi charter school parents won a key victory Tuesday, as Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Dewayne Thomas ruled against the Southern Poverty Law Center in a lawsuit that could've cut off state and local funds for charter schools.

The SPLC has already filed for a...

January 31, 2018

Tuesday was the biggest deadline so far for the Legislature, as bills needed to be approved by committees in the originating chamber.

Here are some of the bills that are alive, one that survives as a joint resolution and the others that didn't make the first cut:

Still...

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...

December 5, 2017

Mississippi Institutes of Higher Learning Commissioner Glenn Boyce says the state needs to retain more of its college-educated residents and also add to their ranks to help Mississippi keep pace in the global economy.

Boyce made his remarks at the Stennis Capitol Press...

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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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