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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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1/23/2015 MO Gov. Nixon Discusses Project Lead the Way, Importance of STEM Education Budget proposal expands program to 350 schools to provide more students with hands-on learning experiences in STEM. [Read More]
1/23/2015 KY Gov. Beshear: Half of Incoming Kindergarten Students are Ready for SchoolCommon kindergarten screener data shows slight increase over last year [Read More]
1/23/2015 GA Gov. Deal Names Education Reform Commission Members Commission will study state’s education system; provide recommendations intended to improve system. [Read More]
1/16/2015 Gov. Tomblin Recognizes West Virginia Teacher of the YearProgram is longest, ongoing awards program honoring classroom teachers in country. [Read More]
1/15/2015 Gov. Beshear: Building Kentucky’s Future WorkforceKY FAME to expand its apprentice-style training program statewide. [Read More]
1/9/2015 Gov. Bentley: Alabama DHR Selected to Receive $41 Million Child Care GrantFunding will be used to serve 566 children using Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership model. [Read More]
1/8/2015 GA Gov. Deal Names Fifth-round Innovation in Teaching WinnersProgram recognizes, rewards innovative teaching strategies for state standards in English/Language Arts and Mathematics. [Read More]
1/7/2015 MO Gov. Nixon Announces Project to Help Students Earn College Credit, Learn Job SkillsGroundbreaking program puts Missouri students on fast-track to jobs in high-demand fields without taking on debt. [Read More]
12/24/2014 Gov. Beshear Launches Statewide Broadband InitiativeNew public-private partnership to develop robust, reliable, fiber “backbone” infrastructure begins in Eastern Kentucky. [Read More]
12/16/2014 GA Gov. Deal Announces Innovation Fund Grant Award Winners Program provides funds to advance student achievement in state. [Read More]