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Psst, Working Moms: Did You Know It's Your Fault Schools Are Struggling?

Forget blaming teachers, according to Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, working moms are to blame for the problems in public education.

Move over teachers, there's a new group to blame for the woes of America's public schools: working moms. At a Washington Post Live Event on Tuesday morning, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant stepped in it ankle deep when he responded to a question about the state of our schools, "How did America get so mediocre?"

Bryant claims that the problems with public education started when "both parents started working. The mom got in the work place."

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These Mississippi Teens Should School the Supreme Court on the Voting Rights Act

A group of high school students in McComb, Mississippi have taken the initiative to deepen their own understanding of the struggle for voting rights.

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The Man Who Desegregated Ole Miss Weighs in on Those Student Protests

James Meredith went through more than rock throwing and name calling.

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"The Project Flood Is Upon Us": Mississippi River Surge Is a 1-in-500 Year Event

The Mississippi flood happening now is a "Project Flood"—the biggest that could ever occur on the river.

Late Monday night, as we indicated that they might, the Army Corps of Engineers blew up a section of levee on the Mississippi in order to protect the town of Cairo, Illinois from record floods.

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What the Flooding Mississippi Means for America's Dinner

If there's any silver lining to the Mississippi's meandering path this spring, it's to signal the return of fish and fertile soils.

In 1944, a cartographer named Harold Fisk traced the mighty Mississippi River, as it flowed in his day, with a thin, snaking line of white. He pored over geological maps and added a series of earth-toned ribbons showing where he thought the river had flowed in previous decades.

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Q&A: Diane Ravitch Skewers Every Education Reform Sacred Cow

In part two of a two-part conversation, Diane Ravitch upends many commonly held assumptions about education reform.

Education expert, author, and New York University professor Diane Ravitch believes that students are more than just their test scores. Her bestselling book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, positions Ravitch as one of the most outspoken critics of the recent wave of education reformers. Her current viewpoints are a sharp departure from the beliefs she held in the 1990s when she served as Assistant Secretary of Education under both President George H. W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. Ravitch shared with us her recipe for improving academic achievement in our nation's schools.

Please note: This is part two in a two-part series. Read the first installment here.

GOOD: What do you say to reformers who say that poverty doesn't matter and teachers should be able to get the same results regardless of a child's income?

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