‘Just another daunting challenge’: Rural districts embrace creative solutions amid coronavirus school closures

Rural schools, which serve 235,000 students in Mississippi, are finding creative ways to overcome equity and access hurdles that schools throughout the state are facing. “It’s going to take some private sector help … our churches, faith-based organizations …have to help with this as well”

Mississippi unemployment claims jump nearly 500% due to COVID-19

The number would likely be higher if not for glitches on the state’s unemployment website and overwhelmed phone lines that prevented some people from successfully filing applications. The director of Mississippi’s employment agency encourages applicants to keep trying and vows to work out the technical issues