News Releases 2017

Franklin County School District Chess Program to Be Featured on CBS’ 60 Minutes

by Xi Guo | Mar 02, 2017

Carey M. Wright, Ed.D., State Superintendent of Education

Office of Communications & Legislative Support
Patrice Guilfoyle, APR, Director of Communications *601-359-3706 *FAX:  601-359-3033
Jean Cook, Communications Specialist *601-359-3519


For Immediate Release: March 2, 2017

Franklin County School District Improves Academics through Chess
Chess Program to Be Featured on CBS’ 60 Minutes

JACKSON, Miss – The Franklin County School District has teamed up with the Southwest Mississippi Chess Foundation to promote the teaching and learning of chess for its social, intellectual and academic benefits. The program develops strong chess players who can compete at the highest levels and uses chess as a model for other academic learning. 

Within a year of the program’s launch, Franklin County students have competed and won in regional and national chess tournaments and boast better study habits and academic outcomes.

The chess program caught the attention of the CBS news program 60 Minutes, which is scheduled to air a feature story about the program later in March. Check local listings for the air date.

This Mississippi School Spotlight Video shows the effect that chess is having on students in the district. View all Mississippi School Spotlight videos at


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