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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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11/05/2015 VA Gov. McAuliffe: Lord Fairfax Community College Now National Center of Excellence in Cyber DefenseNational Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security approved LFCC after rigorous application process. [Read More]
11/05/2015 Gov. Haslam: Nearly 60,000 High School Seniors Apply for Tennessee PromiseProgram provides high school graduates scholarships to attend two years of community, technical college free of tuition and fees. [Read More]
11/05/2015 Gov. Nixon: Missouri Remains Number One in Nation in Holding Down Tuition IncreasesThe College Board report shows public four-year institutions have lowest rate of increase than any other state in nation since 2008. [Read More]
10/30/2015 Gov. McCrory Talks Education, Workforce Development at NCWorks Leadership SummitSets goal for state to have 67 percent of working adults with education and training beyond high school by 2025. [Read More]
10/30/2015 MO Gov. Nixon: LaunchCode Opens New Tech Mentor Center in St. LouisFacility to offer mentorship, resources and education to develop local tech talent and grow businesses. [Read More]
10/28/2015 VA Gov. McAuliffe Announces 10-Point Increase in Fully Accredited SchoolsIncrease is first since 2010 when state Board of Education took first in series of actions to set higher benchmarks for schools. [Read More]
10/27/2015 Gov. Deal Launches Georgia WorkSmartWork-based learning initiative aims to meet employers’ workforce needs by developing, implementing customized training programs. [Read More]
10/26/2015 MO Gov. Nixon's Statement on K-12 Education Performance ScoresScores reflect real, measurable improvement being made by school districts across state. [Read More]
10/26/2015 AL Gov. Bentley Tours Tuscaloosa Career and Technology AcademyTCTA, part of Tuscaloosa City Schools, allows high school students to get technical training in dozens of different fields. [Read More]
10/23/2015 AR Gov. Hutchinson Announces Updated Computer Science NumbersMore than 2,000 enrolled in new course: Essentials of Computer Programming. [Read More]