Gone are the days when school-supplies lists consisted of paper, pencil and crayons. In South Mississippi, school districts vary in what they require children to buy before returning to the classroom. A Sun Herald analysis shows what is most commonly bought, what’s trendy and what’s unusual on supplies lists from Coast public schools.
Mississippi's abysmal ranking in the Kids Count survey probably won't improve significantly, researchers say, until the Legislature invests more in education. Meanwhile, Gulfport, Pascagoula and other Coast cities have been putting community resources into early childhood education for some time.
Each district in South Mississippi saw its students achieve an average score on spring kindergarten assessments that place the students "on a trajectory toward mastery of grade 3 reading expectations," according to the Mississippi Department of Education.