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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8/29/2014 Gov. Bentley: Alabama Ranks First in Nation for Advanced Placement Test GrowthIncrease of 136 percent compared to national increase of 49 percent over same time period. [Read More]
8/12/2014 Gov. Beebe: Arkansas Partners with National Nonprofit Group for High-Speed Internet AccessState, EducationSuperHighway, will work closely to replicate successful district models throughout the state. [Read More]
8/4/2014 AR Gov. Beebe's Weekly Address: Degrees MatterNew initiative targets people who already have completed three-fourths of coursework required for Associate's Degree. [Read More]
8/1/2014 USVI Gov. de Jongh's Summer Technology Initiative Ends with Expo EventsEffort showcases work that students have done over summer in computer and Internet-related technology. [Read More]
8/1/2014 GA Gov. Deal Announces Fourth Round Winners for Innovation in Teaching Accolade give for innovative teaching strategies of state standards in English/Language Arts, Mathematics. [Read More]
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]

SGA Contact

Jennifer P. Schwartz, Director of Policy and Programs