Jeremy Pittari is a lifelong resident of the Gulf Coast. Born and raised in Slidell, La., he moved to South Mississippi in the early 90s. Jeremy earned an associate in arts from Pearl River Community College and went on to attend the University of Southern Mississippi, where he earned a bachelor's of arts in journalism. A week after Hurricane Katrina, he started an internship as a reporter with the community newspaper in Pearl River County. After graduation, he accepted a full-time position at that news outlet where he covered the recovery process post Katrina in Pearl River and Hancock Counties. For nearly 17 years he wrote about local government, education, law enforcement, crime, business and a variety of other topics.
State education leaders explain the hard work behind the ‘Mississippi Miracle’
In 2013, the Mississippi Legislature passed the Literacy Based Promotion Act, which requires third graders to achieve grade-level reading before being advanced to the fourth grade. The focus in the classroom is paying off.
IHL appeal to U.S. Department of Education results in win for Mississippi’s colleges
The U.S. Department of Education sent the notification to IHL on Tuesday stating that Mississippi’s eight universities will not have to submit to heightened cash monitoring and will return to advance funding.
Largest teacher pay raise in state history helps offset inflation
In 2022, the Legislature and Governor Tate Reeves enacted a $246 million a year teacher pay raise, the largest in state history. The average teacher's salary increased by more than $5,000 as a result.
Mississippi Board of Education hears results of teacher retention survey, concerns over ACT prep
The Mississippi State Board of Education recently held its monthly meeting. ACT prep, teacher retention, and third grade reading assessments were among the matters discussed.
Mississippi teachers union taking their support of Presley door-to-door?
Despite historic investment into Mississippi's education system and teachers under Republican leadership, the Mississippi Association of Educators looks to pay door knockers to canvas neighborhoods for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Presley.
IHL approves program additions, bond requests while receiving Mississippi university enrollment update
Three new education career paths at Jackson State, a new residency hall and Davis Wade Stadium renovations at Mississippi State, and the Ole Miss RISE Center were among the requests approved by IHL this week.
New Mississippi mental health law aims to bridge the gap between law enforcement and treatment
Components of the new Collaborative Response to Mental Health law include training for responding law enforcement officers, increasing the number of court liaisons, and requiring a crisis intervention team officer.
House Committee considers disparity in providing for public defense in Mississippi’s criminal justice system
Low pay and a lack of oversight are some of the issues that need attention when lawmakers look to improve the public defense system in the Magnolia State, witnesses tell legislators.
Matching the need for a skilled workforce with college degrees spotlighted in Mississippi
A recent State Auditor's report highlights career paths that most benefit the Magnolia State and provide a living wage for workers. Not everyone agrees with the assessment.
Legislative Budget Committee adjourns without adopting FY 2025 budget recommendation
Mississippi among the Top States for Doing Business