Two Mississippi organizations will receive nearly two million dollars in grants to improve school discipline policies that affect young men of color. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced yesterday that the ACLU of Mississippi and Tougaloo College will begin investigating what they believe is the disproportionate use of school disciplinary procedures on male students of color. William Buster with the Kellogg Foundation says the grants are aimed at reducing what he calls the "push-out" rate in Mississippi. He spoke with MPB's Paul Boger.
A Clarksdale educator is losing her teaching license after being accused of cheating on state tests. MPB's Paul Boger reports.
Mississippi regional and municipal airports are getting an infusion of cash to pay for upgrades. From building hangars to new ramps, the Mississippi Department of Transportation is awarding grants to help maintain airports statewide. Mike Hainsey is executive director of the Golden Triangle Regional Airport in Columbus. He told MPB's Desare Frazier that regional airports drive local economies.
National education leaders are trumpeting recent increases in high school graduation rates, yet about twenty percent of kids still dropout before completing high school. That number jumps significantly among the Southern poor in places like Alabama and Mississippi. And it costs money. Dropouts earn less and governments pay more to support them. One possible solution? Make summer a season of learning for students that could help them stay engaged and in school. Sherrel Wheeler Stewart kicks off this Southern Education Desk series on Summer Learning and its impact on high school graduation.