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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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3/25/2015 KY Gov. Beshear Recognizes Excellence in TeachingA total of 201 teachers earned National Board Certification in 2014. [Read More]
3/24/2015 AR Gov. Hutchinson: WIRED Magazine Says Arkansas is Leading the Learn to Code MovementArkansas...became first to pass a truly comprehensive law requiring all schools to offer computer science courses... [Read More]
3/23/2015 Gov. Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Training Arkansas's WorkforceA win-win scenario when businesses, schools and communities partner to develop a skilled workforce. [Read More]
3/9/2015 AR Gov. Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Dollars for ScholarsKeeping the brain power in Arkansas is just good business; companies seek access to talent... [Read More]
3/3/2015 Gov. and First Lady Deal Launch Read Across Georgia MonthCampaign supports increased childhood literacy in state. [Read More]
3/2/2015 NC Gov. McCrory Proclaims March 2 - 6, 2015 as Students@Work Week Approximately 22,500 students to participate in job shadowing and job mentoring programs across state. [Read More]
2/25/2015 WV Gov. Tomblin: Unlocking the Door to a College Education"...college education in West Virginia is among most affordable in nation." [Read More]
2/24/2015 VA Gov. McAuliffe Announces Partnerships to Leverage Public Higher Education for Economic Development MOU includes multiple initiative: increased connectivity, brand awareness of innovation system, legislative priorities. [Read More]
2/24/2015 KY Gov. Beshear Announces Competency-Based Learning, a New Partnership in Apprentice EducationGerman-owned automotive supplier Dr. Schneider partners with Labor Cabinet, Department of Education on program. [Read More]
2/24/2015 Gov. Bentley: Dai-ichi, Protective Donate $4 Million for Advancements in AlabamaDonations represent initial phase of total $23 million commitment to medical research, education and culture. [Read More]