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Wednesday, July 11: MDE Suit

Air date 07/11/12

Disability advocates have sued the Mississippi Department of Education, saying state officials haven't done enough to solve special education problems in the Jackson city schools. Vanessa Carroll is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of the organizations involved in the suit. She tells MPB's Ezra Wall that disabled students are not getting the services they need.

Then, when Mississippi's children return to school this Fall, they'll be eating healthier meals. The federal government now requires at least a half cup of fruits and vegetables to be on every plate served to students. The state recently adopted a farm to school program aiming to get more fresh foods into schools. Scott Clements is Director of Child Nutrition with the Mississippi Department of Education. He tells MPB's Daniel Cherry how the changes came about.

Also, Mississippi has about 12,000 homeless children.  MPB’s Rhonda Miller reports a Jackson County group is working to cut the number down, one family at a time.

Recently Alcorn State University announced it would exercise its home field option for this year's game versus Jackson State University. The game had previously been played in Jackson as The Capitol City Classic. MPB's Jay White spoke with Alcorn head football coach Jay Hopson about the decision.

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