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Young students all over Mississippi and the South are celebrating their high school graduation under the shadow of COVID-19. Schools have taken to breaking up graduation ceremonies into multi-day events in order to keep participation low and reduce the risk of spreading the deadly disease. Clinton High School, for example, broke their celebration into 19...
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The U.S. Department of Education, under Education Secretary Betsy Devos, is rolling back Obama-era rules to the nationwide Title IX program that will make it even harder for women to report incidents of rape and sexual assault to campus supervisors. “Title IX” is a federal civil rights law passed as a component of several amendments in...
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A three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals did something nobody expected in this political climate: They took public education seriously. Last month, the judges bucked their court’s conservative nature and opened the door to a trial over school funding, which conservative U.S. District Judge William H. Barbour had wanted dead. Two years...
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On December 16, 2019, USA Today published an investigative report on Texas football star, Tristen Wallace. It was revealed Wallace had been accused of, and found responsible for, two sexual assaults while attending the University of Oregon. He was, subsequently, expelled from the university, transferred to a Texas community college, and then transferred again to...
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Republican House Speaker Phillip Gunn is making a move to cut retired state employees, teachers and educators from legislative office. Up until the opening of the session, retired public employees were hopeful they could still draw their state pensions while serving in the Mississippi Legislature thanks to a rule adopted by the Public Employees Retirement...
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United States Rep. Ayanna Pressley, (D-Mass.), recently introduced a bill to slow the school-to-prison pipeline plaguing minority students, particularly in the South. Pressley’s PUSHOUT Act (Ending Punitive, Unfair, School-Based Harm that is Overt and Unresponsive to Trauma) follows a documentary released by filmmaker Dr. Monique W. Morris, PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools,...
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“What are your future plans?” This is the question I can say I hear the most nowadays, especially since this is my last semester of college. As a Type A personality who loves to have everything perfectly planned out, this question makes me a little uncomfortable at times. People say college will be some of...
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“The road out of poverty runs by the schoolhouse”  – Former Mississippi Governor William Winter   We could use several of Beyoncé’s most popular song titles to describe the themes for this week’s update: “Irreplaceable,” “Drunk in Love,” “Déjà Vu,” You choose. Ideally, the comparison would end there. Beyoncé is an entertainer who’s paid handsomely...
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Editor’s note: One of the best things about hosting an online platform dedicated to the black girl voice is hearing their voices. When we heard about the adventure Leilani and Gloria Malone were taking around the world, we wanted to travel the globe with Leilani, the self-described Dominican, Mexican girl who loves all things anime,...
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Let me get some important identifiers out of the way: I am a Black, woman educator who makes no qualms about the importance of the education of Black children. I do not apologize or make excuses for my Blackness and the way it shows up as I work alongside white teachers in an educational system...
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