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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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10/9/2015 Gov. Deal: Study Finds Georgia Pre-K 'Significantly Improves' Student ReadinessUNC-Chapel Hill study confirms state is on right track, program helps students acquire foundation necessary for solid education. [Read More]
10/8/2015 Gov. McCrory Lauds North Carolina Professors Who Earned Nobel Prize in ChemistryTwo professors share prize for work in demonstrating how cells repair damaged DNA. [Read More]
10/7/2015 Gov. Haslam Encourages High School Seniors to Apply for Tennessee Promise before DeadlineDeadline is November 2; Nearly 16,000 students will utilize program benefits this fall. [Read More]
10/6/2015 GA Gov. Deal Announces Innovation Fund Grant Award WinnersProgram provides more than $4.1 million to local education authorities, schools to further advance student achievement. [Read More]
10/2/2015 Gov. Beshear: KY FAME Expands to Western KentuckyNationally recognized apprentice-style workforce training program creating its 8th chapter. [Read More]
10/1/2015 KY Gov. Beshear Cuts Ribbon at Owensboro Innovation AcademyNew high school established in city's Centre for Business and Research. [Read More]
9/30/2015 Gov. Tomblin: Eight West Virginia Schools Selected to Create Model STEM ProgramsSchools will pioneer innovative techniques for students using grant funding. [Read More]
9/25/2015 MO Gov. Nixon Announces Nearly $3 Million for Early Childhood Education Start Smart grants will help children start kindergarten ready to succeed in school and beyond. [Read More]
9/23/2015 Gov. Fallin: Oklahoma Exceeds College Completion Goal for Third YearIncreasing number of degrees, certificates by 67 percent is essential to placing citizens in available jobs in state. [Read More]
9/22/2015 Gov. Tomblin Declares 'West Virginia GEAR UP Week'Mission is to help students pursue and achieve some form of education and training beyond high school. [Read More]