Education

Governor Bryant knows better schools mean a better economy.

Perhaps the most notable achievement of Governor Bryant’s first term in office is the transformational education reform package he signed into law in 2013. Better schools mean a healthier Mississippi, safer neighborhoods, and a brighter future. That’s why Governor Bryant signed bills in his first term to:

  • Expand charter schools in Mississippi, giving more options to children stuck in failing schools.
  • Prioritize reading skills by ending social promotion of third grade students who cannot read at grade level and providing funding for literacy coaches.
  • Provide for mandatory dyslexia screening of students in elementary schools.
  • Provide a grant for early learning programs.
  • Create a clear A through F rating system for Mississippi’s schools so parents can know how well their children’s schools are performing.
  • Stop administrators from changing student grades.
  • Increase teacher pay.
  • Spend more on education than at any time in state history.
  • Require districts with graduation rates lower than 80% to submit a plan for improvement to the Mississippi Department of Education.
  • Create a scholarship for talented students who wish to become teachers in Mississippi.
  • Establish a merit pay pilot program for teachers.
  • Raise the standards for becoming a teacher.
  • Establish a program for at-risk students who want to learn a trade while completing their high school work.

 

In the next four years, Governor Bryant will focus on doing even more to help make sure education is a top priority by working to:

  • Expand the scholarship for at-risk students learning a trade.
  • Reform our education standards.
  • Provide scholarships to special needs students to attend the school of their choice.
  • Continue to prepare children for lifelong learning by improving literacy skills and ending status-quo social promotion.
  • Reward teacher and school leader effectiveness and quality.
  • Expand early childhood education.
  • Empower students and families by increasing school choice.
  • Reduce the dropout rate and increase college and career readiness among high school students.