Our Work


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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7/29/2014 KY Gov. Beshear Congratulates Education Commissioner on AccoladeHolliday named 2014 Policy Leader of the Year by National Association of State Boards of Education. [Read More]
7/28/2014 Gov. Tomblin: Showcasing West Virginia's Youth through the Governor's SchoolsGovernor's monthly column: Gatherings serve as incubators that nourish and promote growth among West Virginia students. [Read More]
7/22/2014 Gov. Bentley Kicks Off Alabama Workforce CouncilCompanies meet with education leaders to start process of integrating some of their work. [Read More]
7/11/2014 NC Gov. McCrory Signs Legislation to Help Active Duty Members, VeteransLaw provides opportunity to turn training and experience into certifications and college credits. [Read More]
7/8/2014 OK Gov. Fallin: Education beyond High School is "New Minimum" for SuccessMonthly column: "Today’s economy is more competitive, more complicated...today’s jobs require more skills." [Read More]
7/8/2014 Gov. McCrory Authorizes $376 Million of Improvements at UNC System CampusesBuilding projects aim to improve learning, student living conditions; help create new jobs for NC companies. [Read More]
7/3/2014 Gov. Haslam: Tennessee Students Make Gains on 2014 TCAP TestsGains made on five of seven high school tests; 2014 results mark second year of strong growth at high school level. [Read More]
7/3/2014 GA Gov. Deal: State to Invest in Early Childhood TeachersProgram will award scholarship incentives for those advancing their educations. [Read More]
7/2/2014 Gov. McCrory Offers Vision for North Carolina ClassroomsLaunches Governor's Teacher Network that reallocates Race to the Top funding to support 450 teachers. [Read More]
7/2/2014 USVI Gov. de Jongh: Technology Initiative to Offer Coursework for StudentsInitiative developed under Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program. [Read More]

SGA Contact

Jennifer P. Schwartz, Director of Policy and Programs