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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...

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...

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...

March 2, 2018

On January 9, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves told the Stennis Capitol Press Forum that he'd prioritize both a rewrite of the state's K-12 funding formula and an expansion of the state's education scholarship program for all students.

It's not even baseball season yet and the Migh...

November 21, 2017

All sides agree that a new education funding formula proposal will likely be forthcoming from this year's session of the Mississippi Legislature.


There's just no idea what form it will take after no bill was forthcoming in last year's session. The Legislature's Republi...

October 19, 2017

The Mississippi Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit Thursday brought by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove and 21 school districts that sought more than $235 million in additional state funding.

The 2014 lawsuit said that the Legislature was mandated by law to fully fund the Mi...

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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.