When Noxubee County schools closed in March 2020, kindergarten teacher Latoya Chamberlain and other staff helped pass out school lunches at satellite sites across the county. Now, some are wondering if school-based agriculture is a solution for high food insecurity in the majority-Black, rural East Mississippi county. Torsheta Jackson explores how the strategy used elsewhere might work in her home county.
Mississippi’s public-school teachers will receive an average $5,140 pay raise this year, and assistant teachers will enjoy a $2,000 pay bump this year after Gov. Tate Reeves signed the START Act into law.