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Farewell (and Thank You)
Community / Uncategorized

Farewell (and Thank You)

The Southern Education Desk (SED) was created in 2011 through a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. That grant has ended, signaling the end of the SED.

Cleveland School District board members.

Cleveland School District Presents Latest Desegregation Plan

A Mississippi federal judge is meeting with Cleveland School District officials today to hear their latest proposal.

Credit: Sandra Knispel.
Mississippi / Teaching Tough Topics

Teaching Tough Topics: Teaching Civil War History In Mississippi As Symbols Fall

In Mississippi, the Civil War still stirs emotions. It’s not so much that teachers disagree on how it should be taught, but that ongoing attempts by the University of Mississippi and several cities across the South to shed Confederate symbols have called up old ghosts.

White County school board Chairman Edd Cantrell says people with concerns about Tennessee's social studies standards should take them to the state. Credit: Chas Sisk/WPLN.
Audio / Tennessee

Tennessee School District, Accused Of Pro-Islam Bias, Stands Ground On Textbooks

A rural Tennessee school district is refusing to send back textbooks that critics say are biased in favor of Muslims.

The hosts and panelists of WBHM's and the Southern Education Desk's "Issues and Ales: The Future of Education in Alabama," Thursday, November 5 at WorkPlay in Birmingham. Credit: Beau Gustafson, Big Swede Inc
Alabama / Audio / Events

Highlights From Issues and Ales: The Future of Education in Alabama

Hear highlights from the recent program presented by the Southern Education Desk and WBHM, “Issues and Ales: The Future of Education in Alabama,” recorded live at WorkPlay in Birmingham.

Critics say this seventh-grade textbook published by Pearson is biased in favor of Islam. The text is one of several that have been approved as meeting Tennessee's education standards. Credit: Chas Sisk/WPLN.
Audio / Tennessee

What Tennessee Children Are Learning About Religion, Explained In 90 Seconds

In recent months, conservative activists and parents in Tennessee have been accusing middle-school social studies class of religious indoctrination — specifically, of paying too much attention to Islam. Some lawmakers have even gotten involved. WPLN asked their Chas Sisk to explain what students are learning about religion in middle school and what the [...]

Kerri Burnside teaching 4th graders at Eastside Elementary, Clinton. Credit: Desare Frazer/MPB.
Common Core / Mississippi

Mississippi’s 4th Graders At The Head Of The Class On Nation’s Report Card

Mississippi is at the head of the class nationwide on assessment tests of 4th grade students. Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Desare Frazer visits one classroom to learn more about why this is the case.

Dr. Jerry Alliston at MS Council on Developmental Disabilities Meeting. Credit: Desare Frazier.
Audio / Mississippi

A New Pilot Project Is Preparing Students with Developmental Disabilities for the Job Market

Seven Hattiesburg High students are spending the school year at the University of Southern Mississippi, learning marketable job skills. It’s called Project SEARCH. The pilot program is the first of it’s kind in the state for students with developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome and autism.