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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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6/29/2015 KY Gov. Beshear to Award More Than $1.2 Million to Prepare Youngest Students55 Community Early Childhood Councils receive funds to support school readiness initiatives. [Read More]
6/26/2015 Gov. Haslam: Tennesse Students Continue To Make GainsScores show where we need to focus efforts to continue work helping Tennessee students graduate high school. [Read More]
6/23/2015 WV Gov. Tomblin: Southwestern Energy Donates to Community and Technical College Foundations$500,000 will support scholarships for students specializing in the Petroleum Technology programs. [Read More]
6/19/2015 Gov. Beshear: KY FAME Expands to Southeastern KentuckyNationally recognized apprentice-style training program creating its newest chapter in 13-county region. [Read More]
6/17/2015 TN Gov. Haslam Announces Members Of Governor's Teacher CabinetGroup will share real-time information from classroom, advise on policy considerations, provide a direct communication to schools, communities. [Read More]
6/10/2015 TN Gov. Haslam to Highlight Role of Technical Colleges in Drive To 55 Focus on critical role Colleges of Applied Technology play in preparing workforce; strategic investments made in high demand programs. [Read More]
6/4/2015 Gov. McCrory Discusses Connect NC Projects at North Carolina A&T State UniversityConnect NC invests in higher ed system to ensure students graduate with skills, abilities needed for workforce. [Read More]
5/28/2015 VA Gov. McAuliffe Announces New Training Initiative to Transition Veterans into Advanced Manufacturing Working as a team, state and regional partners are delivering ‘Credentials to Compete’ for well-paying, available jobs. [Read More]
5/27/2015 Gov. Beshear: KY FAME Expands to Greater OwensboroApprentice-style training program creating its newest chapter. [Read More]
5/27/2015 AL Gov. Bentley: More Children to have Access to Voluntary Pre-KindergartenMore than 200 new grants will provide over 3,600 additional four-year-olds with access to high-quality education. [Read More]