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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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5/21/2015 Gov. Haslam: Chattanooga State Begins New Nuclear Workforce Development ProgramProgram is part of “Drive to 55” effort to increase number of Tennesseans with postsecondary credentials. [Read More]
5/15/2015 Gov. Bentley: Alabama Students Blast off to Victory in Largest Rocketry CompetitionStudents from Russellville win first place in world’s largest rocketry competition. [Read More]
5/14/2015 KY Gov. Beshear Ceremonially Signs Bill Supporting Metro CollegeLegislation extends tax credit for program that provides education, UPS Worldport jobs. [Read More]
5/13/2015 MO Gov. Nixon Announces Funds for Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center at UMKCFacility will strengthen Kansas City region’s position as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. [Read More]
5/13/2015 Gov. Bentley: Alabama’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program Continues to Lead NationNational Institute for Early Education Research study finds state meets all 10 quality benchmarks for ninth year in a row. [Read More]
5/6/2015 WV Gov. Tomblin Hosts State's First Workforce SummitEvent provides comprehensive review of West Virginia’s workforce development efforts. [Read More]
5/6/2015 GA Gov. Deal: Schools Statewide Awarded $25 Million Technology Grant"Connections for Classrooms" program will help improve student achievement through digital learning. [Read More]
5/5/2015 Gov. Fallin: Investing in Oklahoma through STEMSTEM leads to innovative breakthroughs that improve quality of life, promote better-educated workforce, create higher-paying jobs. [Read More]
5/5/2015 AR Gov. Hutchinson's Weeky Address: Kicking Off Coding“Coding Arkansas’s Future” initiative has goal to train educators to teach coding, move state forward. [Read More]
4/30/2015 TN Gov. Haslam Announces Topre America to ExpandCompany will invest $53.3 million to build new manufacturing facility, creating 100 jobs in Symrna. [Read More]