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Education was an important issue to Southern Governors even during the turmoil of the Great Depression. As the South worked to repair its economy in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, a big portion of its efforts were aimed at improving public education. Starting with higher education, Southern Governors, along with academic leaders, became pioneers in lifting the low education standards throughout the region.

Today, Southern Governors are actively engaged in the national discussion about how to improve K-12 education and encourage attendance to post-secondary education institutions, and have been working hard within their respective states to identify and implement the policy changes required to meet the education needs of their citizens. Our Governors fully recognize the importance of cultivating an educated, motivated and productive workforce in order to sustain the region’s long-term economic growth.

Regional Education News

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9/12/2014 KY Gov. Beshear: Task Force Takes on Bullying22-member panel, including students, to examine bullying in schools, advise policies. [Read More]
9/11/2014 OK Gov. Fallin Announces Record Increases in Education Resources More than $519.9 million has been distributed to CLO’s beneficiaries during the 2011 through 2014 fiscal years. [Read More]
9/11/2014 AR Gov. Beebe: Robotics Competition to Draw Teams to Little RockEvent helps address state's "dearth of qualified folks in science, technology, engineering and mathematics..." [Read More]
9/8/2014 GA Gov. Deal Launches Innovation in Teaching Online Resources Georgia Public Broadcasting-produced videos will serve as a model for teachers statewide. [Read More]
9/4/2014 WV Gov. Tomblin Declares Statewide ‘College Application and Exploration Week’Effort aimed at helping students learn about importance of pursuing higher education, preparing for college. [Read More]
9/3/2014 TN Gov. Haslam, Lt. Gov. Ramsey and House Speaker Harwell To Convene Education SummitGathering offers review of Tennessee’s progress, update on current status and discussion on future success. [Read More]
9/2/2014 Gov. Beebe's Weekly Address: Training Arkansas' Future STEM EducatorsMeeting demand for STEM graduates begins with qualified teachers. [Read More]
8/29/2014 Gov. Bentley: Alabama Ranks First in Nation for Advanced Placement Test GrowthIncrease of 136 percent compared to national increase of 49 percent over same time period. [Read More]
8/12/2014 Gov. Beebe: Arkansas Partners with National Nonprofit Group for High-Speed Internet AccessState, EducationSuperHighway, will work closely to replicate successful district models throughout the state. [Read More]
8/4/2014 AR Gov. Beebe's Weekly Address: Degrees MatterNew initiative targets people who already have completed three-fourths of coursework required for Associate's Degree. [Read More]