Mississippi could become the first state to require a minimum ACT score to receive a high school diploma, as at least one legislator is getting serious about stopping the state’s inflation of its graduation rate.
Marion County’s unemployment rate could not be much better than it is now. The figure stood at 4.5 percent in November. That’s better than at any single month since at least 1990, which is as far as readily available state data reaches back.
Columbia had an eventful 2017 that included a new generation of leadership. Mayor Justin McKenzie and Superintendent of Education Jason Harris succeeded long-tenured officials who were a couple of decades older than them in Robert Bourne and Marietta James.
One of the problems with assessing whether policies designed to promote growth actually work is that the U.S. economy is unfathomably huge. There are millions of different variables, making it difficult to figure out what caused what.
Mississippi has made an investment of more than $100 million in public and private funds to tell its story. And from the initial reviews of the Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights museums, it was money well spent.
Since 1990, all consumer prices have increased 100 percent on average, medical costs 200 percent and college tuition 400 percent. Those numbers come from the U.S. Labor Department as cited by the Wall Street Journal.