US schools are more racially segregated than they've been in decades. And civil rights advocates are concerned that the Trump administration is embracing policies that will drive resegregation. For instance, Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos eliminated the department's Opening Doors program, which aimed to encourage voluntary desegregation. Donald Trump steps off Marine One upon return to the White House in Washington, DC on Mary 15, 2018.
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The state of mental health care in Mississippi has been in freefall for years. As a consequence of the ripple effects of the financial crisis, Mississippi saw its state support for mental health care slashed by $42 million from 2009 to 2011, roughly 15 percent of the Department of Mental Health's budget. The cuts continued in 2017 and the consequences of a refusal to fund adequate mental health care are showing up throughout state-funded institutions. A national recession. Years of state budgets cuts.
An excerpt from the recently published book Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi, a chronicle of one of the most dynamic but under-documented experiments in radical social transformation taking place in the United States.
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Greenville, Mississippi—In March, President Trump revealed his "skinny budget," a rough sketch of the nascent administration's fiscal priorities and objectives that included deep cuts to education and nutrition programs. Budget chief Mick Mulvaney defended the move. "[The programs] are supposed to help kids who don't get fed at home so they do better in school," Mulvaney said at a press conference on the day of the announcement. "Guess what? There's no demonstrable evidence they're actually doing that.