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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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10/24/2014 Gov. Haslam's Recognizes Role of TN's Afterschool Programs in Developing ChildrenProclamation part of launch of Tennessee Afterschool Network and celebration of Lights On Afterschool Day in Tennessee. [Read More]
10/24/2014 KY Gov. Beshear Proclaims ‘Safe Schools Week’Designation coincides with first meeting of Kentucky Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force. [Read More]
10/23/2014 TN Gov. Haslam Lays Out Next Steps From Education SummitPublic review of academic standards will include input from across the state. [Read More]
10/21/2014 NC Gov. McCrory Congratulates State Universities on Grants to Help Design Sustainable Technologies Three institutions receive People, Prosperity, and Planet (P3) award from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. [Read More]
10/17/2014 MO Gov. Nixon: Renovations at MU Will Support More High-tech JobsCollege of Engineering project will provide additional state-of-the-art classroom, lab space to keep up with enrollment. [Read More]
10/14/2014 AR Gov. Beebe's Weekly Address: Advancing ScoresOngoing improvement in AP scores shows more students are better preparing for college and 21st-century economy. [Read More]
10/10/2014 Gov. Nixon: Grant Will Allow Missouri to Further Strengthen School Emergency Planning Funding will help schools and regional first response agencies work together to design localized safety plans. [Read More]
10/9/2014 Gov. McAuliffe Announces “Southern Virginia Works” Collaboration among three area community colleges to boost workforce credentials in Southside region. [Read More]
10/8/2014 MO Gov. Nixon Honors Elementary School for Being Named to National Blue Ribbon Schools ListOne of seven Missouri public schools to be recognized by U.S. Department of Education for academic excellence, progress. [Read More]
10/6/2014 Gov. Nixon Announces $500,000 for Tutoring and Enrichment ServicesFunds will give additional 350 students access to math, science tutoring provided by Univ. of MO-SL North Campus. [Read More]