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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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4/27/2015 OK Gov. Fallin Signs Bill Expanding Charter School Option across State Legislation gives school districts ability to expand public education options and create charter schools. [Read More]
4/27/2015 Gov. Beshear: Early Childhood Academies to Expand throughout KentuckyCommonwealth, Toyota announce funding for 36 new academies to provide parental education. [Read More]
4/22/2015 GA Gov. Deal Signs Opportunity School District, Education Reform into Law Legislation provides framework for how OSD would work should voters approve a constitutional amendment in 2016. [Read More]
4/16/2015 MO Gov. Nixon Touts New Data Showing Improving Graduation RatesState emerges as national leader; ranks 5th in nation in graduation rate increase since the 2010-2011 school year. [Read More]
4/13/2015 AR Gov. Hutchinson’s Weekly Address: Skills that Pay the BillsGovernor's region-by-region approach matches workforce training with industries and businesses in specific region. [Read More]
4/9/2015 WV Gov. Tomblin: Working Toward a Bright FutureMonthly column toutts Mountain State's reputation for strong workforce training programs. [Read More]
4/8/2015 AR Gov. Hutchinson Signs Workforce Development Bills Aligning Education & Industry Needs"Tailoring education toward filling needs identified by business interests is a 'dramatic' and 'foundational' change." [Read More]
4/8/2015 Gov. McCrory Praises North Carolina Teacher of the Year Selection “Teachers are the number one factor in our students’ academic success." [Read More]
4/8/2015 AL Gov. Bentley Announces 30 More Schools as Part of A+ College Ready ProgramProgram aims to help students prepare and excel at collegiate level. [Read More]
4/7/2015 AR Gov. Hutchinson Announces Computer Science Task ForceGroup will oversee rollout of requirement that all public high schools offer computer science courses. [Read More]