Public education in Jackson topic of MHA program Hal and Mal’s May 16

The Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC) will host the second in a special two-part Ideas on Tap series on public education. The program, “The Future of Public Education in Jackson,” will take place at Hal and Mal’s May 16 at 6 p.m.

The program will focus on changes occurring in Jackson Public Schools and the work being done by the new administration. Panelists include JPS Superintendent Dr. Errick Greene, JPS parent organizer Rosaline McCoy, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation Director of Mississippi and New Orleans Programs Dr. Rhea Williams-Bishop. Mississippi Today education reporter Kayleigh Skinner will moderate the program.

“We are excited to engage the community in this important conversation about public education,” said MHC Executive Director Dr. Stuart Rockoff.

The programs will be part of a larger yearlong series on public education in communities around the state. The series, funded by a $25,000 grant from the Phil Hardin Foundation, will examine Mississippi’s public education system in advance of the 2019 statewide elections. In addition to Jackson, programs will take place in Hernando, Tupelo, Clarksdale, Meridian, and Biloxi.

The MHC’s Ideas on Tap program presents informal humanities-based discussions on a wide array of contemporary topics. The program began in Jackson in 2016 and has since expanded to host programs in Oxford, Cleveland, Starkville, Hattiesburg, and Pass Christian.

“We couldn’t be more excited for this conversation to take place in Jackson,” said MHC program officer Caroline Gillespie. “The goal of Ideas on Tap is to create opportunities for Mississippians to come together and have civil discussions about the important issues we face.”

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