Yesterday evening, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant delivered his fifth State of the State address and once again demonstrated an unwavering commitment to fighting for education reform.
The Foundation for Excellence in Education (@ExcelinEd) applauds Governor Bryant for being a tireless champion for education reforms that benefit all of Mississippi’s students. Governor Bryant used his state of the state address to underscore his dedication to ensuring that the state’s education system be student-centered and focused on improving achievement.
Education highlights in Governor Bryant’s remarks included:
- School Choice: Governor Bryant called for the removal of barriers to charter schools. He said, “In my inaugural address, I asked you to imagine a Mississippi where schools competed for students. Where classrooms were designed for students’ success. Where parents and students could choose the school they desired to attend. Just imagine that parents could take their hard-earned tax dollars and send their child to a school of their choice. Imagine the freedom of a parent in a failing school to send an at risk child to a superior school nearby but outside the district. Why should only the affluent enjoy the benefits of these fine schools? Your zip code or income level should not determine your opportunity to get a good education. Let us make this bold decision and give these children hope.”
We are working to build an American education system that prepare our students for success in the 21st century and are thankful for governors and legislatures across the country, like Mississippi’s, that see the value in reform. We look forward to continuing to support Mississippi’s efforts.
Thank you for your continued support.
J. Alex Kelly
Vice President of Advocacy
The Foundation for Excellence in Education